are many exciting books about shamanism. Here is a selection we
feel are enlightening, respectful and solid, including a few you
wont find at the neighborhood bookshop. Be inspired! But please
remember not to give your power away to a book. Your own experience
is also valuable.
The Way of the Shaman, a Guide to Power and Healing
by Michael Harner (Random House)
This is the classic introduction to practical shamanism by the grandfather
of the shamanic revival in the western world, together with stories
from Harners early days.
Shamanic Voices by Joan Halifax
In this book, Joan Halifax has gathered dozens of accounts of shamanic
practice as described by traditional shamans.
The Wounded Healer by Joan Halifax
(Thames and Hudson)
A fascinating text, exploring shamanism as practiced in many traditional
cultures. Beautiful and unusual photographs.
Soul Retrieval, Mending the Fragmented Self
by Sandra Ingerman (Harper San Francisco).
The basic book on soul retrieval in modern shamanic practice, as well
as in traditional cultures.
Sacred: Ways of Knowledge, Sources of Life by
Peggy V. Beck, Anna Lee Walters, Nia Francisco (Navajo Community
College Press). More than any other book, this is the book
on native North American spirituality. It is sacred in itself.
Sprits are Always with Me by Jane Shutt (Rider)
UK shamanic practitioner and teacher Jane Shutt shares her knowledge
and experience. Especially good if you are interested in working with
the Spirits of Land, Houses and Places.
Healers, and Medicine Men by Holger Kalweit
An exciting and comprehensive look at shamanic traditions practiced
in many parts of the world.
Dancing Healers by Carl A. Hammerschlag, MD
A moving account of a young doctor's meeting with his southwest US
Indian patients, and his eventual understanding of what their spiritual
and healing traditions can bring to Western medicine.
of a Shamans Apprentice by Mark J. Plotkin
The fascinating story of an ethnobotanists search for medicinal
plants in the South American rainforests, and becoming aware of the
vast knowledge held by the shamans there.
Spirit Medicine by Eliot Cowan (Swan
A shamanic practitioners sharing of his way to meet plants.
Interesting and instructive.
for Power by Ruth Murray Underhill (University
of Arizona Press)
A classic anthropological work of rare sensitivity, power and beauty,
exploring the powerful singing of the Tohono O'odham tribe in Arizona,
of Native American Healing by William S. Lyons
Full of facts and inspiration, Lyons has a deep understanding and
respect for the subject.
from the Earth by Nicholas Wood (Godsfield
Excellent handbook for the shamanic practitioner. With an emphasis
on craftmaking and ceremony, this offers a lot of practical information
and spiritual invitation.
to Make Drums, Tomtoms & Rattles by Bernard
S. Mason (Dover)
Originally published in 1938, this inexpensive guide will still tell
you all you need to know. Fun!
Archaic Techniques in Ecstasy by Mercia Eliade
In the 1940s Eliade gathered information on shamanism from around
the world. A fantastic reference book. The bibliography is a goldmine
of classic anthropological studies of a world gone by. The reading
is not that difficult and well worth it.