Alaskan Native Healers

Marie Arnaq Meade

Alaskan native healers will present a three-day workshop at Nelson Healing Center, exploring the ways of traditional Yup’ik health and spiritual wellbeing, from May 9 – 11.

Rita Pitka Blumenstein, a Yup’ik tribal member, was the first certified traditional doctor in Alaska. In 2009, she was inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame. Grandmother Rita, as she is known worldwide, was a founding member of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. She currently works for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Marie Arnaq Meade is also a Yup’ik Eskimo, born and raised in Nunapiciaq, a small village of about 300 members located on the tundra between the Kuskokwim River and the Bering Sea. She is an author and translator of Yup’ik as well as Alaska Native Dance at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. She is a member of the world-traveled Nunamta Yup’ik dance group and also works with the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.

On Friday evening, they will speak about the Grandmother’s Council meetings and the power of prayer. All day on Saturday and on Sunday morning, they will share traditional teachings about energy medicine and healing with plants. The cost to attend is $175.

On Sunday afternoon at 3 pm, they will celebrate a Healing of the Global Waters, with prayer, song and ceremony in a free, public outdoors event at Otumba Park on the West Side.

Call 920.818.0045 to reserve a space as class size is limited. The Center is located at 44 S. 2nd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. For more information visit