The Price of a Gift: A Lakota Healer's Story (Paperback)
Eagle Elk’s story of his life, practice, and beliefs provides a uniquely introspective, demystified, and informative look at the career of a traditional Native American healer. We learn how a persistent vision and recurring visits by thunder spirits led Eagle Elk long ago to become a healer. On a more general level, we gain valuable insights into how Lakota healers practice today. Eagle Elk’s story and teachings also demonstrate the importance of community support and consensus in the development of traditional healers. Gerald Mohatt’s perspective as a cross-cultural psychologist enables him to highlight the psychological dimensions and efficacy of Eagle Elk’s healings and place them within a cross-cultural context.
Eagle Elk’s life and career are presented in a way that brings together formative episodes from his life, selected teachings that emerged from those experiences, and case studies in healing. This arrangement allows readers to grasp the close relationship between the personal and cultural dimensions of traditional healing and to understand how and why this practice continues to affect and help others.