Episode 79 – Pow-wow with Rob Phoenix
This episode focuses on the Pennsylvania Dutch system of folk healing and magic known as Pow-wow (among many other names). We look at the cultural history, the religious contexts, and the actual practice of the system itself. Author and Pow-wow practitioner Rob Phoenix brings his extensive knowledge to the table to give us a well-rounded portrait of this culturally rich and still living tradition.
Download: Episode 79 – Pow-wow with Robert Phoenix
You should most certainly check out our guest, Rob Phoenix, and his website.
There are many phenomenal resources on this subject. Here are some of the books I like:
- The Red Church, by Chris Bilardi
- Powwowing Among the Pennsylvania Dutch, by David W. Kreibel
- The Pow-wow Grimoire, by Robert Phoenix
- American Shamans, by Jack Montgomery
- Signs, Cures, & Witchery, by Gerald C. Milne
- Buying the Wind, by Richard M. Dorson (chapter on “Pennsylvania Dutchmen”)
To find out more on the culture surrounding pow-wowing, you should seek out:
- The Pennsylvania German Broadside, by Don Yoder
- The Pennsylvania German Society & The Kutztown Historical Society
- Witches of Pennsylvania, by Thomas White
Additionally, I’d recommend these takes for modern revivalist approaches to the practice within a Teutonic context:
- Three Sisters Center for the Healing Arts
- The Urglaawe Faith/Distelfink Sippschaft (you can also check out our previous Pow-wow episode with Rob Schreiwer for more information, too).
Some books which are interesting and informative, but which need augmentation through additional sources, include:
- Strange Experience: The Autobiography of a Hexenmeister, by Lee R. Gandee
- Hex and Spellwork, by Karl Herr
Be sure to check out the upcoming film, “Hex Hollow,” which will feature several of our previous guests and favorite authors, including Rob, Chris Bilardi, and Thomas White.
Cory will be at two upcoming events, and will likely be holding talks/discussions at both of them, which you might find interesting:
- Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day (Saturday, September 5th, 2015) [TENTATIVE]
- Greater New Orleans Pagan Pride Day (Saturday, October 10th, 2015) – Featuring the luminous S.J. Tucker (and lil ole me)!
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Promos & Music
Incidental music by So I’m an Islander (“Quiet Storm Surge”), Elias Liljestrom (“Bach’s ‘Jesus Bleibet Meine Freunde”), Trinity Choir (“Bach Rehearsal”), and Vantala (“Unser Vater”), used through Creative Commons license on SoundCloud.