'Earth Medicines' book explores traditional Indigenous wellness methods

By Mark Brodie
Published: Monday, October 10, 2022 - 12:10pm

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Felicia Ruiz, author of “Earth Medicines: Ancestral Wisdom, Healing Recipes, and Wellness Rituals from a Curandera”

This year, Oct. 10 marks Indigenous Peoples' Day. There’s been a growing movement to shift the holiday from honoring Christopher Columbus to Indigenous peoples.

Last year, President Joe Biden became the first president to officially recognize the day; in a proclamation, he said Indigenous Peoples' Day is a time to celebrate the invaluable contributions and resilience of the people who originally inhabited the land that is now the United States.

Felicia Ruiz is a curandera, or a traditional healer, and the author of, "Earth Medicines: Ancestral Wisdom, Healing Recipes and Wellness Rituals from a Curandera."

The Show spoke with her to learn more about Indigenous contributions.

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