Straight with the Medicine: Narratives of Washoe Followers of the Tipi Way

The Tipi Way

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Twenty years after its initial publication, Heyday is proud to re-release Straight with the Medicine with eleven new chapters that add more depth to the original.

The narratives here were collected in the 1950s from seven members of the Washoe Tribe living on the eastern slopes of the Sierra in California and Nevada. They were followers of the Native American Church, whose sacrament was the peyote cactus and whose members referred to their religion as the Tipi Way.

Synthesizing oral accounts into a first-person narrative, Warren L. d’Azevedo ambles with unadorned directness, honesty, and humor through the Peyote Medicine culture.

About the Author

Warren L. d’Azevedo is a professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He lives in Sonoma County, California.