Tales Of A Shaman\'s Apprentice: An Ethnobotanist Searches For New Medicines In The Amazon Rain Forest

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Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice: An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicines in the Amazon Rain Forest

For more than a decade, Dr. Plotkin has raced against time to harvest and record new plants before the rain forests' fragile ecosystems succumb to overdevelopment—and before the Indians abandon their own culture and learning for the seductive appeal of Western material culture. Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice relates nine of the author's quests, taking the reader along on a wild odyssey as he participates in healing rituals; discovers the secret of curare, the lethal arrow poison that kills in minutes; tries the hallucinogenic snuff epena that enables the Indians to speak with their spirit world; and earns the respect and fellowship of the mysterious shamans as he proves that he shares both their endurance and their reverence for the rain forest. Mark Plotkin combines the Darwinian spirit of the great writer-explorers of the nineteenth century—curious, discursive, and rigorously scientific—with a very modern concern for the erosion of our environment and the vanishing culture of native peoples.

Specifications of Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice: An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicines in the Amazon Rain Forest

GENERAL
AuthorMark J. Plotkin
BindingPaperback
LanguageEnglish
ISBN-10014012991X
ISBN-139780140129915
PublisherPenguin Books
Number Of Pages328
Publication Date1994-08-01
DIMENSIONS
Height7.74 inch.
Length5.08 inch.
Width0.57 inch.
Weight0.55 pounds.

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