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3rd Edition of Global Conference on

Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry

October 24-26, 2022 | Orlando, Florida, USA

GAB 2019

Breathing fire and sweating the rotgut An indigenous response to the great alcohol addiction among the blackfeet

Speaker at Global Conference on Addiction Medicine and Behavioral Health 2019 - Jay Hansford C Vest
University of North Carolina at Pembroke, United States
Title : Breathing fire and sweating the rotgut An indigenous response to the great alcohol addiction among the blackfeet


In 2001, while teaching at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, a former student – having taken my Native American Religious traditions course - sought me; he complained of soul sickness after experimenting with an opiod.  Receiving him within the context of my indigenous medicine ritual practice, I telescoped his soul to diagnois the illiness,, and in doing so I determined he had the soul sickness of addiction and prepared to treat him with my indigenous traditional medicine power for soul revivification.  The paper will present a shamanic insight to addiction and illustrate indigenous treatment for restoring balance in such cases.


Jay Hansford C. Vest PhD. is an enrolled member of the federally recognized Monacan Indian Nation, a and he is a direct descendent of the seventeenth century Pamunkey chief Opechancanough who arrested Captain John Smith as a murder suspect during British Colonilization of Tsenacomoco (Powhatan Virginia) in 1607, and he is an honorary Pikuni (Blackfeet) in ceremonial adoption (June 1989).  Dr. Vest is a full professor in the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  He is author of Will-of-the-Land: A Philosophy of Wilderness Praxis (2010), Native American OralcyInterpretations of Indigenous Thought (2014), Beyond the Ram’s Horn Tree: Studies in Salish Sacred Geography: Lolo Peak to Waterton-Glacer Park (foin press) and Packs-Pulled-Up Pass: Studies of Kootenai Sacred Geography: Waterton –Glacier Pass (in Press), and Thunder at the Backbone of the World: Waterton- Glacier Park – Badger Two Medicine Wildlands (forthcoming) and The Bobtail Stories: Growing Up Monacan (forthcoming), as well as more than two hundred fifty scholarly journal articles, chapters in books and other published writings.