Marcellus "Bearheart" Williams is a respected elder shaman and Road Chief of the Peyote Lodge. He creates an extremely personal I-Thou relationship with each listener on Medicine Songs. His voice envelops you in friendship as he sings and shares the meaning of each song comprising the all-night medicine ceremony. Uma Silbey's synthesizer and sampler work does a masterful job of conveying the sounds and atmosphere inside the huge ritual teepee where the nature spirits come to bear witness to each individual's prayers. Bob Boyll's heartbeat drumming rides in perfect tandem with Bearheart's hissing rattle throughout. This gift, filled with vitality, offers more than any mere field recording could hope to.