Two additional books that I have been involved in as a co-author:

The first book documents the healing practices of Russell Willier, Cree Healer, and the second book documents the medicines he uses in his healing practices.

Cry of the Eagle: Encounters with a Cree Healer
by David Young, Grant Ingram, and Lise Swartz

This book was first published in 1989 by the University of Toronto Press (Toronto, Buffalo & London) and is available through this website  OR  the University of Toronto Press OR

"Compelling and highly informative reading", Dale Stelter, Edmonton Journal

Book Cover for Cry of the Eagle

Cry of the Eagle discusses the process by which the anthropologists experienced the medicine man's work. That process required change in both Willier and his observers. One of the most powerful events in their three-year association occurred when David Young's wife suddenly became critically ill. In hospital her condition quickly worsened, and doctors were unable to diagnose the problem.

Young surreptitiously brought the medicine man to the hospital, where a combination of native remedies and Western medical techniques worked together to restore her health. Young, Ingram, and Swartz describe a process of shared vision and mutual change. They provide a rare insight into an aspect of native culture little known to the outside world. Very readable format with photographs.

ISBN  978-0-8020-6820-0


DVD:   A Cree Healer and The Psoriasis Research Project

This DVD combines two video programs produced by the Department of Radio and TV at the University of Alberta about the healing practices of Russell Willier, Cree Healer.

The first program documents construction of a sweat lodge and the subsequent ceremony, with rare footage never before recorded.

The second program is an interview by Lise Swartz, co-author of Cry of the Eagle: Encounters with a Cree Healer of Russell Willier, in which Russell discusses how he became a healer and his goals as a traditional practitioner.

These videos are being used with Cry of the Eagle: Encounters with a Cree Healer in classes on health and healing, Native Studies, and Religion.

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Medicinal Plants of Sierra Leone
by B.M.S. Turay, ethnobotanist and professor in the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone, Freetown.

This book was published in 1997 by the Centre for the Cross-Cultural Study of Health and Healing (now the Cross-Cultural Health Centre).

Forward by Dr. Robert A. DeFilipps, Volume Editor. Department of Botany, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

The information presented here by Babara Turay, A Susu Muslim, includes the plant components of two basic forms of medicine which have been practiced in Sierra Leone for Centuries:

1) traditional herbalism, employing medicinal plants with curative properties of treating various diseases; and, 

2) indigenous (tribal) belief systems in which "medicine" is used for relieving a sickness of supernatural origin, and wherein the plant material and other ingredients seem to manifest in curative results.

ISBN:   1-55195-009-X         Paperback: 124 pages

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A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle
by David Young, Robert Rogers and Russell Willier  

Published in 2015 by North Atlantic Books and is available from the publisher in Print, E-Book or Audio. Also available from

With the rise of urban living and the digital age, many North American healers are recognizing that traditional medicinal knowledge must be recorded before being lost with its elders. A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle is a historic document, including nearly 200 color photos and maps, in that it is the first in which a native healer has agreed to open his medicine bundle to share in writing his repertoire of herbal medicines and where they are found. Providing information on and photos of medicinal plants and where to harvest them, anthropologist David E. Young and botanist Robert D. Rogers chronicle the life, beliefs, and healing practices of Medicine Man Russell Willier in his native Alberta, Canada. Despite being criticized for sharing his knowledge, Willier later found support in other healers as they began to realize the danger that much of their traditional practices could die out with them. 

With Young and Rogers, Willier offers his practices here for future generations. At once a study and a guide, A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle touches on how indigenous healing practices can be used to complement mainstream medicine, improve the treatment of chronic diseases, and lower the cost of healthcare. The authors discuss how mining, agriculture, and forestry are threatening the continued existence of valuable wild medicinal plants and the role of alternative healers in a modern health care system. Sure to be of interest to ethnobotanists, medicine hunters, naturopaths, complementary and alternative health practitioners, ethnologists, anthropologists, and academics, this book will also find an audience with those interested in indigenous cultures and traditions.

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