A medicine woman is a Clan healer. The medicine woman's knowledge passes from mother to daughter, and the daughter needs only to be reminded once of what she already knows.
Unlike most women, who derived their status from their mates' status, a medicine woman had status in her own right. The daughter of a medicine woman inherited her mother's status. Accordingly, a fledgling medicine woman that was born to an illustrious line had higher status than an experienced medicine woman who was born to a mediocre line. In some cases, the medicine woman had more status than the leader's mate (but she always had less status than a man).