The tribal organization of the prairie Indians and practically all the North American tribes included characters such as the heads of the warrior societies, the elder chief of the tribe, and the shaman.
Badly known to Westerners as the sorcerer. Although the translation of his position and functions within the tribe responds better to the definition of medicine man.
He knew the natural remedies and healing techniques of the most common evils afflicting his people.
He joined religious-magical rituals to natural treatments.