Witches or Wise Women ?
The Cheyenne Genealogical & Historical Society’s October program
will feature Tracey Kamm, a holistic health expert from Cheyenne,
who will take participants on a journey
through fairy tales and myths about witches to women’s roles
as herbalists and healers. The free evening program on Tuesday, Oct 9th
is open to the public at the Laramie County Library, Sunflower Room.
Many herbalists and healers in history were accused of being
witches--a fearsome being of fairy tale and myth--but for many
cultures, these healers were revered and considered to be the
"wise women." With Halloween approaching, this time of year
brings about depictions of aging, ugly, hook-nosed women
surrounding their cauldrons and inflicting toil and trouble
on the masses. But history tells us that these women were
usually healers, so how did some of them come to be viewed
as malevolent? Come have some fun and learn about
some historical stories of witches and wise women, about
some of the herbs they used and their "magical" effects, and
about herbalists and healers of the past from the insights of a modern-day herbalist. Kamm, who is the owner of Spirit of the Bear, LLC,
is the only Registered Herbalist in Wyoming through the American
Herbalists Guild. She has a diploma as a Master Herbalist,
is a Certified Nutritional Therapist, and a Certified Emotional Healing Coach.
Registration is not necessary for this free program, which is open
to the public. The meeting of the society begins at 6:15 p.m.
with a short business meeting with the program starting
at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 630-0924.