The Garetta foxtaurs were developed by humans to prepare the planet Tanador for colonisation. Shaman was one of the originals, and is one of the few who remember the humans who died off and left the planet to the Garetta. Shaman combines her knowledge of the old technology with herb lore for healing purposes. Although her birth name was not Shaman, she has been practicing her profession for so long that nobody knows her by anything else now.
Shaman is the first person to encounter someone from the Stellar Federation which has rediscovered Tanador, when the lost chakat cub, Eudora, stumbles across her.