Dr. Margaret Bruchac will describe the lives and work of several female Indigenous doctors, including Rhoda Rhoades (1751-1841) who treated people from Northampton. Rhoades doctored people at her home in “Indian Hollow,” a section of Huntington later destroyed by the construction of the Knightville Dam.
Rhoades grew “every kind of flower imaginable” and used them to make an herbal medicine called "The Extract." She cured illnesses using traditional ingredients such as burdock, turkey rhubarb, and slippery elm. Dr. Bruchac of the University of Pennsylvania will discuss the interactions between Anglo and Indian medicine, including religion and superstition, and the social, political, and economic reasons for revealing or hiding medicinal sources. In her talk, Dr. Bruchac will discuss public reaction to her portrayal of an Indian Doctress in the 1990s.
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Image: Margaret Bruchac as Indian Doctress. Photo by Justin Kennick.