Living Traditions:
Female Shamans, Medicine Women, Diviners and Oracles

Banganga, Izangoma, and Oracular Women in Africa

San rainmakers and trance healers; the izangoma of South Africa, the oracles of Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Uganda; the bangangna of Congo; the shamanic women of Kenya, Namibia, Togo, Dahomey, Nigeria; the andina-s of the matrilineal Kunama in Eritrea; zar doctors of Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan; the bori magadjiyar of Hausa; and diasporic traditions of the Cuban priestesses of lucumí, the mambos of Haiti; and the maes de santo of Brazil.

Medicine Women of the Americas


Women healers, seers, and ceremonial leaders, from the far north to the far south, through Canada and Washington and California, the Great Plains and Midwest, the Great Lakes and into Mexico and the Caribbean, and on to Colombia, Peru and Chile. We pay tribute to eminent women such as Piwoya Essie Parrish, Yomta of the Kashaya and last of the Bole Maru Dreamers; Martha Bad Warrior, keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Woman pipe; Teresa Urrea, la Santa de Cabora, and the Mazatec curandera María Sabina; and the machis of the Mapuche people.

Female Shamans of Asia

Siberian shamans across northern Asia, with their drums, headdresses and robes, and the udagan of Mongolia; Korean mudang; Ainu and Okinawan kaminchu, and the Japanese mikos; babaylan and catalonan of the Philippines; the hala and balian and dukun of Indonesia and Malaysia. Female shamans in Nepal, India, Vietnam, Burma, Thailand and China.

Live visual talks by Max Dashu. Each show is 90 minutes long, with break where necessary, plus time for discussion and questions. Requires digital projector and VGA cable, screen or light wall for projection, and mic.

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