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What you will learn

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    Examine Curanderismo in Latin America, Southwestern United States, Africa, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Peru, as well as the Mayan and Native American views.

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    Recognize the contributions of the famous Mexican healer Niño Fidencio and how his healing methods have been influenced by healers like Chenchito.

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    Discuss the influences of traditional medicine from indigenous beliefs, rituals & herbal medications.

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    Explain how traditional medicine has been valued throughout the generations.

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English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

EL ULTIMO CHENCHITO, THE LAST OF THE FIDENCISTA HEALERS

In this module you will watch a rare film of the life and healings of Mexico’s most important healer, Niño Fidencio, and a great video of one of his disciples and Dr. Torres teacher and mentor, Chenchito who is interviewed about his journey in the Fidencista healing movement....
3 videos (Total 34 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
El niño Fidencio10m
El último chenchito20m
1 reading
Curanderismo, Curanderos
1 practice exercise
Quiz 1s
Week
2
3 hours to complete

AFRICAN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE & AFRICAN HEALING THROUGH MUSIC

Students will see a Ugandan group of traditional healers discuss the African traditional herbal remedies. Bokaye from Gabon, Africa, plays the Mogongo musical instrument, which is used in his tradition to communicate with the spirits....
2 videos (Total 55 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
2 videos
African Healing through Music30m
1 reading
Curanderismos
1 practice exercise
Quiz 2s
Week
3
3 hours to complete

AFRO-LATINO HEALING THROUGH MUSIC AND DANCE & AFRO-CUBAN HEALING TECHNIQUES

Sina demonstrates the ritual of honoring the four directions through dance and the vibrations of the drum. David and Pedro, explain and perform a Cuban limpia with smoke of the cigar, coconut, and other components during a spiritual cleansing....
2 videos (Total 39 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
2 videos
Afro-Cuban Healing Techniques20m
1 reading
Curanderismos
1 practice exercise
Quiz 3s
Week
4
3 hours to complete

AFRO-PUERTO RICAN HEALING MODALITIES & SACRED TOBACCO OF PERU/MEDICINAL PLANTS FOR WOMEN

Dr. Ysamur Flores describes the use of black and red fabrics that will hold the energetic vibrations during the Osain spiritual cleansing. Asheninka Mino performs a Peruvian opening blessing and presents a ritual with the sacred tobacco. Herbalist Bernadette Torres discusses medicinal plants for women....
2 videos (Total 31 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
2 videos
Sacred Tobacco of Peru / Medicinal Plants for Women21m
1 reading
Curanderismo, Curanderos
1 practice exercise
Quiz 4s

Instructor

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Eliseo (Cheo) Torres

Professor and Vice President for Student Affairs

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