VIDEO: Houma Indian Folk Medicine

In the Louisiana bayous traiteurs heal the sick. Traiteurs, or treaters, use sacred traditional practices to identify medicinal herbs and perform healing rituals to people seeking their help. This clip demonstrates how one traiteur, Lawrence Billiot, interacts with his patients and performs certain ritual healings. Billiot learned the practice from his tribal elders when he was a child. Included in the clip are interviews with both the traiteur and his patients. A more in-depth look at traiteurs can be seen in the video, Good for What Ails You.

Taken from Good for What Ails You
Produced and Directed by Glen Pitre
Time: 3:02


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