Migration and Healing in a Latino/a Context

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Paper examines the history and belief systems of Latin American folk healers in the United States.

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Diaz, Martha Nuño 2011.


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Paper examines the history and belief systems of Latin American folk healers in the United States.

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37 p.: ill.


Abstract: Folk healing is a concept that has preceded the use of physicians including perinatologists, psychiatrists, and pediatricians. Learning, about folk healing allows a glance of the history and belief systems that continue to be practiced particularly in regions of Latin America. It is important to acknowledge the individuals who practice folk healing to further the understanding of men and women who have cured a large number of patients with fatal diseases that exceed that surpassed the natural and the supernatural realm. Taking a closer look into their early lives allows us to see events that influenced them in the healing styles that they currently use. Migration, family, wars, and economic factors have long played a role in their lives and healing practices, but this knowledge has constantly been clouded by information that focuses primarily on folk illnesses alone rather than those who actually cure and detect the illnesses. Taking a closer look into their past, and why they have chosen to migrate to the United States and leave Latin America, opens a window of knowledge that has not been widely discussed.


  • Eagle Feather, Issue 8, University of North Texas Honors College: Denton, Texas. 2011


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  • Publication Title: Eagle Feather
  • Volume: 8
  • Issue: 2011
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes


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Diaz, Martha Nuño. Migration and Healing in a Latino/a Context, article, 2011; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1635151/: accessed December 7, 2023), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .

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