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Rolling Thunder: A Personal Exploration into the Street Healing Powers of an American Indian Medicine Man

Boyd, Doug

 Doug Boyd, a Menninger Foundation staff member of the Project on Voluntary Control of Internal States headed by Elmer Green, offers a biography of the American Indian medicine man Rolling Thunder, who speaks for both the Cherokee and the Shoshone tribes. A shaman and guardian of Indian tribal lore, Rolling Thunder's "power" is said to include the ability to heal wounds and cure diseases, make rain, perform exorcisms, use telepathy, and apport objects. His power is reputed to arise from the medicine man's relation to the earth spirit. Boyd lived with and accompanied Rolling Thunder, who taught him some of his wisdom, which Boyd in turn attempts to communicate through this book to both lay persons and other scientists. The Epilogue by the Greens discusses the scientific status of parapsychology and of encounters with such persons as Rolling Thunder. They point out that the observer can create what he or she wants to see, but add that Boyd "is an observer who can himself be silent, can observe without stirring the waters... and so the reflection he sees of Rolling Thunder's reality is uncontaminated by prejudgements."
Publisher Information:New York: Random House, 1974. 273p. Epilogue by Elmer and Alyce Green. Bibl. Footnotes
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