The Navajo Nation will host as many as 250 medicine men from North and South America, said Emerson Jackson, president of the Arizona chapter of the Native American Church.
Events kick off Thursday with youth activities at the Navajo Tribal Fairgrounds and continues through Sunday.
The Navajo Nation last hosted the event in 1985.
Although workshops, lectures and activities will be held on the Navajo reservation, the information spans state and tribal borders, Jackson
Originating in Oklahoma, the Native American Church
is a religious denomination that uses peyote to allow communion with God and to give healing.
"Whether it's Navajo or other tribes, it's all similar," he
A spokesman from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
is scheduled to speak Saturday regarding the use of plants and herbs, including sage and tobacco, Jackson
"Whatever the medicine man uses, there are rules about that," he
"We want them to know what they can and can't have."
Also on Saturday's agenda is a discussion led by a representative from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who will relay information about transporting paraphernalia across borders, Jackson
"People are beginning to travel to other countries to practice medicine," Jackson