has been a variegated journey through many landscapes and ways of
including academics, self-sufficiency, art and craft, farming, writing
editing, food (food both free-standing and combined with almost every
of life), the military, and (since the early 80's) spirituality and
others to heal.
disparate streams of interest and excitement have all flowed
productively together to form unique qualifications for the life of a
practitioner and teacher. He devoted the 1950's and 1960's to scholarly
and manifestation, including BA and MA in cultural anthropology from
University of Chicago and PhD in social anthropology (based on two
fieldwork in Taiwan) from the London School of Economics of London
University in England.
the early 1970's, toward the end of the primarily academic part of his
Crow answered the call of Spirit to talk to the Crows and learn to live
shamanically. He followed that life
for about ten years, making spiritually inspired metal work, until he
shared spirituality and need to manifest this in their life together
led them to
begin teaching shamanism in 1982. This
was also when they began tattooing: tattoo being closely linked to
tribal culture as well as their lives. Shamanism became more and more
for them until, in 1990, with the help of friends, they founded The
Earth Healing and devoted themselves to this path.
then they have taught and practiced healing work individually and
varied venues (colleges, universities, Unitarian Universalist
metaphysical shops, training institutions, herb schools, private homes,
gatherings and festivals, etc.) throughout the Eastern and Midwestern
U.S. and in Britain.
teaching is uniquely informed by their healing practice. Their healing
work is inspired by the continuous research
teaching and writing requires.
omnivorous curiosity and need to follow connecting flows of energy have
to pursue other healing modalities. He has devoted recent years
studying herbalism (as is common among tribal shamans) and worked with
professional herbalists of Eastern and Western disciplines. (Just
he took the Ohio Master Gardener training in 2002.) He has also studied
Sacral healing as an extension of the shamanic hands-on energy healing
practices and teaches.
addition to his early academic books and papers, Crow has written
articles about shamanism and alternative healing. See Bear
Crow Talks, a
collection of articles from the last twenty years by Bekki and Crow.
curious, a longer biographical sketch of Crow appears in that
collection. Crow's Resumes for Food and
Farming are available on
is now preparing his shamanic text on spirit lovers
for publication. His books on shamanic extraction, Spirit Knife,
Soul Bone, and Circle of
the Ancestors (Capall
Bann Publishing) are in print.