Medicine Stories is a collection of essays on culture, history and activism. It begins with "False Memories" a discussion of the connections between individual and collective trauma, and the battle over memory. "Because I am in multiple ways the target of such dehumanization, I read history books with the skepticism of an incest survivor at a family gathering. I watch everyone's hands. I know the purpose of many of the stories being told is to establish the appropriateness of sacrificing me, and my peoples, to someone else's interests. Recovery from trauma requires creating and telling another story about the experience of violence and the nature of the participants, a story powerful enough to restore a sense of our own humanity to the abused." "The Historian as Curandera" talks about the role of the radical historian, while "Nightflying," and "The Tribe of Guarayamín," discuss specific examples of historical distortion. The section "Speaking in Tongues" includes essays on elitism in language, identity politics and intellectual work. "Nadie la Tiene: Land, Ecology and Nationalism," looks at my own families' relationships to land as property, the mystique of land in nationalist discourse, and the land itself as a living thing. Other essays talk about recovery from sexual abuse, torturers, privilege and loss, political inclusion and sustainable activism.
Medicine Stories has been an important text for many young radicals in the United States, and has contributed to the emerging Healing Justice movement.