As an African-based ancestral tradition, hoodoo was originally taught orally within families and lineages from root doctor to student. When learning about rootwork from books in a world filled with misinformation and appropriation, it is crucial to be very mindful of the authors who we choose as our sources of information. This page is not a list of recommendations, but rather a list of black-authored texts (other than Hyatt) with accompanying commentary on the works to provide readers with information and warnings to encourage critical reading.


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