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In Memoriam, 2015: Nancy Glaze Friedrich

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

friedrich-webWe are deeply saddened to announce that Nancy Friedrich, our friend and FSS faculty member for Hawaii, passed in the early morning of October 16 after a struggle with cancer.

Nancy’s daughter Celia Doss posted this on Nancy’s Facebook site:

“My beautiful mom Nancy Friedrich [link to Nancy’s Facebook site] rallied for a family visit Tuesday afternoon. She passed away peacefully this morning at 2:40 am with my dad Jimmy and me comforting her. She was the best mom, wife, sister and healer to all of us blessed to know her. Sunny Ananda [daughter] arrives Monday. We appreciate all the love from friends and family.”

Many friends and family have posted comments on Nancy’s Facebook site. The FSS posted:

FSS for Nancy Friedrich

Dear friends and family of Nancy Friedrich,
An amazing soul has transitioned. Nancy was such a fine person: gentle, wise, kind, ethical, and giving. It was a privilege working with her as part of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies faculty and being her friend. She carried a quiet peace within that touched us all. We send our deepest sympathies for your personal loss. We, too, will greatly miss her.

Kind regards,
Michael Harner, Sandra Harner, and Susan Mokelke

Nancy was a wonderful healer, teacher, mother, grandmother and friend.


FSS E-News September 2015

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Check out the September 2015 issue of the FSS E-News: World Health Organization acknowledges traditional medicine, FSS special shamanic training in London, shamanic news and links to articles, healing words, and more. Visit the FSS E-News archive for back issues.

World Health Organization Acknowledges Traditional Medicine

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy CoverIn an exciting development, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released its Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023, with a focus on complementing Western medicine with traditional approaches, including strategies to improve safety and quality. The Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan of WHO wrote the foreword (excerpted below) and notes that “much has changed…” and that “governments and consumers are interested in more than herbal medicines….” This is great news not only for indigenous shamans and healers, but for contemporary shamanic healers as well.

Excerpts of the Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 Foreword:

Across the world, traditional medicine (TM) is either the mainstay of health care delivery or serves as a complement to it. In some countries, traditional medicine or non-conventional medicine may be termed complementary medicine (CM).

The WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 sets out the course for TM and CM (T&CM) in the next decade.

T&CM is an important and often underestimated part of health care. T&CM is found in almost every country in the world and the demand for its services is increasing. TM, of proven quality, safety, and efficacy, contributes to the goal of ensuring that all people have access to care. Many countries now recognize the need to develop a cohesive and integrative approach to health care that allows governments, health care practitioners and, most importantly, those who use health care services, to access T&CM in a safe, respectful, cost-efficient and effective manner. A global strategy to foster its appropriate integration, regulation and supervision will be useful to countries wishing to develop a proactive policy towards this important – and often vibrant and expanding – part of health care.

Much has changed since the previous global strategy was published in 2002. More countries have gradually come to accept the contribution that T&CM can make to the health and well-being of individuals and to the comprehensiveness of their health-care systems. Governments and consumers are interested in more than herbal medicines, and are now beginning to consider aspects of T&CM practices and practitioners and whether they should be integrated into health service delivery.

The WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 will help health care leaders to develop solutions that contribute to a broader vision of improved health and patient autonomy. The strategy has two key goals: to support Member States in harnessing the potential contribution of T&CM to health, wellness and people-centered health care and to promote the safe and effective use of T&CM through the regulation of products, practices and practitioners. These goals will be reached by implementing three strategic objectives: 1) building the knowledge base and formulating national policies; 2) strengthening safety, quality and effectiveness through regulation; and, 3) promoting universal health coverage by integrating T&CM services and self-health care into national health systems.

I am very pleased to introduce the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023. It is my conviction that it will be a valuable tool for governments, system planners and health practitioners and – most crucially – will benefit individuals seeking the right care, from the right practitioner, at the right time.

Dr. Margaret Chan
WHO Director-General

Complete report WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023:

March 2015 FSS E-newsletter

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The March 2015 FSS E-newsletter is now available. Read about the latest Foundation happenings: Council meeting summary; new Asia Three Year program; Cave and Cosmos released in Spanish; links to articles like the friendship between a bear and a wolf, healing words, and much more.

Check the FSS E-newsletter archives for more news about shamanism.

FSS Journal Shamanism Annual and FSS Enewsletter Available (December 2014)

Friday, December 19th, 2014

14Dec Cover Page ShamanismAnnual webThe December 2014 FSS Enewsletter is now available: highlights of 2014 Foundation news; information about the just released issue of the FSS scholarly journal Shamanism — with an emphasis on miracles; and a toast to kindhearted people. Visit the FSS Enewsletter archives for more FSS news, articles, and shamanic information.


“For the shaman who is intimately interacting with helping spirits, miracles are almost routine events in healing work. In fact, spirit-produced miracles of healing are probably shamans’ most celebrated feature in indigenous societies. Separate from helping shamans carry out healing activities, spirits often attempt to communicate their reality through miracles and ‘micro-miracles.’ These ‘wake-up calls’ that the spirits send, often with the help of a shaman or shamanic practitioner, are perhaps best understood as attempts to educate people about their existence.” From Michael Harner, Cave and Cosmos, Chapter 12

The new issue of the Foundation’s scholarly journal Shamanism Annual is now available. This journal has a focus on miracles from the spirits, with three articles approaching the subject from different viewpoints: teaching, shamanic healing, and personal transformation. Contents include:

  • The Shaman Unbound: A Teaching Miracle
  • An Ongoing Miracle: A Firsthand Report of Personal Experiences
  • With Love From the Moon Bears
  • Shamanic Healing Reports
  • Shamanism in Bali: Balinese Master Shaman and Shaman Priestess of Bali
  • The Reawakening of Shamanism in the West (classic Shamanism reprint)
  • Circle of the Foundation Telephone Directory (Voluntary), Foundation news, and more.

The journal is a benefit of membership in the Circle of the Foundation. Members will receive the issue in the mail this month. Not a member? Join the Circle by December 31, 2014 and you will be sent the December 2014 issue.

FSS Office Holiday Hours December 24, 2014 – January 5, 2015

Thursday, December 18th, 2014


The administrative office will be closed starting Wednesday, December 24, 2014 and will reopen Monday, January 5, 2015, so that we may enjoy the holidays with our families. For information during that time, visit Email will be checked on a limited basis. We look forward to meeting again in 2015!

Warm Holiday Greetings from the Foundation

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Wishing you a happy holiday and a joyous new year! View the greeting

FSS Enewsletter October 2014

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The October 2014 issue of the FSS Enewsletter is available. Read the latest Foundation news, including information about workshops, membership in the Circle of the Foundation, the FSS Faculty Intern Program, live video conferencing, links to video and articles about shamanism, healing words to inspire, and more.

For back issues, visit the FSS Enewsletter archives.

In Memoriam: Ailo Gaup, 1944 – 2014

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Ailo Gaup, Sami shaman born in 1944, died of complications after surgery in Oslo, Norway, September 24, 2014, while being treated for cancer. Shamanic healing work was undertaken for him with his family’s permission, and a spokesperson said that he no longer had cancer when he died. Ailo had been a student of Michael Harner and played an important role in the restoration of Sami shamanism in Norway. He was a renowned poet, author, and a nephew of the famous Sami shaman, Mikkel Gaup. Just before Ailo became ill, he published Michael’s Cave and Cosmos in Norwegian. Those who participated in Foundation courses with him will fondly remember his laughter and humor.

FSS Enewsletter June 2014 now available

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The June 2014 issue of the FSS Enewsletter is out. Read the latest Foundation news, links to FSS workshops in shamanism and shamanic healing, books, links to video and articles about shamanism, and healing words to inspire.

For back issues, visit the FSS Enewsletter archives.