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American Indian Influence in Hoodoo

Posted by Dr. Katrina Hazzard-Donald on January 29, 2011 at 10:06 AM Comments comments (28)

 I keep reading that there is American Indian influences in Hoodoo; yet no one can offer me any real evidence of this.  The inclusion of "Black Hawk" in Hoodoo is very strange and entered Hoodoo from New Orleans Voodoo.  In Old Tradition Hoodoo there was absolutely no mention of ANYTHING American Indian.  Now, there may be some Indian influences, but where are they?  I have uncovered ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE that there is anything American Indian in Hoodoo.  If you have evidence of American Indian influences then PLEASE GET ME THE CITATIONS OR EVIDENCE so that I can KNOW and no longer guess.

Whites Who Claim to Hoodoo?

Posted by Dr. Katrina Hazzard-Donald on January 5, 2011 at 11:42 AM Comments comments (39)

Greetings All

Good discussion..but let me clarify a few points..this is not a debate as to whether "whites" can work Hoodoo.  Rather it is inended to point out the century long exploitation by middlemen minorities with a legacy that goes back in their families..they also sold/exploited black makup and specialized race products..Some of the contemporary hoodoo peddlers come from this background.  Thousands upon thousands of dollars are drained every year from black community sources.  This much needed money goes into the hand of exploiters, most of whom are white but some of whom are "very" black.  so this is phrased as a discussion about race & hoodo but it is SO MUCH MORE THA THAT..white members SHOULD participate, but don't get guilty or personal..I know how a discussion like this could make some allies feel...still it is necessary and VERY IMPORTANT. 

     As long as we have peddlers the likes of luckymojo.com passing themselves off as "experts" (one researcher even suggested that I contact luckymojo for information I guess they didn't know that Iwas raised in Old Tradition Hoodoo practiced in my family) we will have this poblem.  No "money drawing oil" no "jinks removing spray", no "war water"  Just plain old plantation hoodoo.  The marketeers are not simply an "urban adaptation" of hoodoo, they push that line to justify and desquise what they are doing...they are distorting another people's tradition.  They mix Hoodoo with European witchcraft, they fabricate items and pass on the fabricated traditions that "their" ancestors used to exploite African American folk belief.  Then they further attempt to justify and excuse their exploitation by blambing the victim.  Think carefully about this and let'sdiscuss it rationally.  African Americans have their right to their own traditions.

     

Whites who claim to Work Hoodoo

Posted by Dr. Katrina Hazzard-Donald on December 12, 2010 at 12:08 PM Comments comments (99)

Let's open a discussion on whites who claim to work Hoodoo.  Are they doing the "real" thing or are they just making money by stealing an oppressed people's traditions?  This is an important topic.  I personally think that they should stick to their own religious/spiritual traditions.  WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Hoodoo stories

Posted by Dr. Katrina Hazzard-Donald on November 27, 2010 at 9:59 AM Comments comments (15)

Welcome to the new BLOG page:  Please post your Hoodoo Stories and discussions here...Peace & blessings...Dr. K. Omogun.


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