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Pergola to Speak at W&L on Healing Wisdom of Maasai People of Africa

Dr. Tanya Pergola, an author, inspirational speaker, community development orchestrator, healing safari guide, and yoga and meditation instructor, will speak at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater in Elrod Commons.

A 1990 graduate of Washington and Lee University, Pergola’s talk is free and open to the public. The title of her talk is “Traditional Healing Wisdom of Africa for Modern Day America.” It is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at W&L.
There will be a book signing immediately following the lecture. Books will be available for purchase at that time. In addition to the public speech, Pergola will be a guest lecturer at several W&L classes.

Pergola is the author of “Time is Cows: Timeless Wisdom of the Maasai.” The book was written by Pergola in collaboration with Lekoko Ole Sululu, her guide and teacher in Tanzania, who will accompany her at her public lecture.

Pergola undertook a 10-year apprenticeship with Maasai traditional healers, led by Lekoko Ole Sululu, in exchange for implementing sustainable development projects in Tanzania. In “Time is Cows,” she shares the mind-body-spirit medicine of the Maasai, the proud pastoral people of East Africa.