Shaman’s Drum
Shaman’s Drum A Journal of Experiential Shamanism & Spiritual
Healing is a newsstand magazine that has through the 1990s
emerged as the major voice of neoshamanism, the new appropriation
of shamanism by modern Westerners. Shamans are
the major bearers of the spiritual wisdom of pre-modern, preliterate
societies (once termed primitive) that underwent a significant
reappraisal in the last half of the twentieth century. Anthropologists
who had led in the study of such societies discovered
a level of sophistication in the thought of pre-modern
peoples and others found in their holistic worldviews a wisdom
they believed had much to teach contemporary society. Not a
small part of the attractiveness of pre-modern cultures was
their use of various psychedelic substances as an integral element
in their psychic and spiritual activity. The appropriation
of wisdom came from around the world, but special attention
was paid to the peoples of the Amazon, Tibetan cultures, and
Native Americans.
Shaman’s Drum emerged in the late 1980s to provide education,
information, and networking in the growing neoshamanistic
community. It is published quarterly by CrossCultural
Shamanism Network, a small nonprofit corporation
whose major program is the sustaining of the magazine. Shaman’s
Drum is a subsidized publication, with a minimum of advertising,
all directly related to the subject matter.
The majority of the space in each issue of the magazine includes
a set of feature articles on such topics as traditional shamanism,
environmentalism, and contemporary spiritual healing.
The magazine functions in the space between the scholarly
study of shamanism and its popular appropriation. Shaman’s
Drum has given significant space to airing the controversy of
non-Indians claiming status as teachers of Native American wisdom
and the business of selling Native sacred artifacts for use
in secular and other non-Native contexts. Each issue also contains
a news column, a book review column, and a directory of
individuals and organizations that offer resources for studying
Shaman’s Drum may be contacted at P.O. Box 97, Ashland,
OR 97520.
Shaman’s Drum. Ashland, Ore., n.d.

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