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Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert: My Life Among the Navajo People
September 9, 2019 –
Monday September 9th 7:00pm
Erica Elliott talks about her book:
Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert:
My Life Among the Navajo People
After her first week teaching at a boarding school on the Navajo Reservation near Canyon de Chelly, young Erica Elliott almost leaves in despair, unable to communicate with the children or understand cultural cues. But once she starts learning the Navajo language, the people begin to trust her, taking her into their homes and ceremonies. As she is drawn deeper into Navajo life, Erica has a series of profound experiences with the people, animals, and spirits of Canyon de Chelly. Fulfilling a Navajo grandmothers prophecy, she returns years later as a medical doctor to offer her services to Navajo patients.
Erica Elliott is a medical doctor with a busy private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A true adventurer, she has lived and worked around the world. She served as a teacher for Indigenous children on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and in the mountains of Ecuador.