Arelhe-Kenhe Merrethene: Arrernte Traditional Healing
Arelhe-Kenhe Merrethene - Arrernte Traditional Healing is a comprehensive overview of the different methods of healing used by the Arrernte people of Central Australia.
Dreaming of the healing power comes from, to your Altyerre Aknganentye or totem and country.” Starting with the spiritual and cultural basis of Arrernte healing, Veronica explains the source of the Angangkeres’ healing powers and their use of singing and touch. Then follows a comprehensive list of plants, insects and other methods used in traditional healing, with explanations and comprehensive illustrations of how the remedies are prepared.
The author, Veronica Dobson, is a widely respected elder who is also a noted translator, interpreter and teacher of the Arrernte language. She has drawn on her own cultural knowledge and supplemented it by interviewing other elders and senior healers in the Arrernte community.
The author shares the various medicinal plants and how they are processed into washes and ointments; the use of hot earth and ashes, and the treatments for various conditions such as toothache, snakebite and flu.