This collection contains oral histories pertaining to the lives and stories of indigenous people in Minnesota.
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Robert Gawboy is a 75 year old Native American medicine man and philosopher from the Lake Vermillion Indian Reservation, Tower, Minnesota, of the Lake Kabetogama Band of Bois Forte Band of Lake Superior Chippewas.
In this interview, Robert Gawboy tells what it is to be a Native American medicine man, and how one becomes a medicine man. He discusses remedies used and some of the spells cast. He also discusses Native American legend and tradition.