Medicine Man, in popular writings on the North American Indians, an Indian who treats illness or is reputed to have supernatural powers. His role varies in different tribes, ranging from magician, fortune-teller, or herb doctor to combined physician-and-priest. Some tribes have medicine women. The term medicine man was used by scholars until the 20th century, when it was gradually replaced by more specific terms, such as priest, shaman, herb doctor, or magician.
America's history begins with the Native Americans and the English settlers they encountered. Read our list of Native American leaders and heroes, including Sequoyah, Geronimo, and Crazy Horse.
It's a hotly debated topic: Who found America first? One theory proposes that it was the Clovis. So will we be replacing Columbus Day with "Clovis Day" on our calendars?