In the effort to ensure that the people in the community are well taken care of shamanism is supposed to be part of the communities activities. In the past, hospitals were not available hence there were specific people in the community who were known for this kind of task. Becoming a shaman was not easy since this is a skill that someone is born with and there is no single person who can teach you how to do the medical practices. The speciality of shamanism is the main reason why the medicine men were very few in the past. The people who were faced with certain challenges they would consult the shamans for help. Prayer was mandatory before any shaman could start their work so that the spirit could guide them. If at all the medicine men did not receive the blessing of the elders, their work could be in vain. There has to be a great connection between the shamans and the spirits so that they can be in a position to perform their proceedings the right way.
In the effort to ensure that the success of a shaman is attained, they have to seek empowerment. The shaman had to keep a close connection with the shamans since this is where their empowerment came from. Their power is sort whenever they have a strong relationship with the spirits since they are able to contemplate the various problems that are there. The shamans cannot just handle the people blindly, they have to understand whatever it is that they want and this is made possible through divination.
The dead were very important people in the past since they were later to become spirits hence it was the task of shamans to ensure that they reach their afterlife. In order for the shamans to do this task they had to seek help from the spirits. The shamans were not expected to be judgemental during this activity since this was a great taboo. The weather had to be intervened over so that peoples welfare can be maintained. It was easy to ensure that the weather was in good condition since some level of teamwork was embraced.
Starvation was not desirable hence the shamans could do some magic so that the hunting process could be easy. There were sacred places where the shamans would gather so that they can practice the hunting magic. Since the animals were the main sources of food, it was the responsibility of the shamans to make the hunting process easy so that the community could find food. The shamans had the task to heal in all aspects hence they hard to ensure that they did physical healing, emotional and spiritual healing.