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The Yanesha of Peru, along with other Amazonian groups, engage with cultural tourism in response to a global market that relentlessly reduces their choices. Greater Indigenous autonomy yields not only higher biodiversity, but also allows for community-led solutions to social, ecological, and economic problems. Supporting Indigenous autonomy involves stepping into a story of relationship, seeing the world as a society of beings instead of a collection of detached objects, and learning to listen when the forest speaks.
In the first part of this series on the Epistemics of Ayahuasca, Medical Anthropologist Adam Aronovich presents insights based on his long term qualitative research in the rainforest, framing them within ways of being and knowing prevalent amongst amazonian amerindian groups and the ongoing eradication of non-hegemonic epistemologies by the dominant culture.
Jasmine Virdi explores how ayahuasca facilitators have adapted and changed their practices and ceremonial protocols to meet the challenges that have emerged as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.
In this article, anthropologist Alhena Caicedo analyzes how the moral imperative of celebrating cultural diversity and conserving nature in the Amazon have also become a tool for renewing certain stereotypes about indigenous peoples and updating colonial power relations and economic and political interventions. She argues that understanding what is said and done in the name of ayahuasca, indigenous people and Amazon conservation helps us recognize and render visible the political and economic implications of the current global phenomenon of ayahuasca expansion.
The labeling of the psychedelic experience as ‘mystical’ may do little to improve public opinion about psychedelics, especially among those with traditional, conservative values. While it is no surprise that psychedelics can induce deep spiritual experiences, there is no scientific evidence that psychedelics can change one’s political or religious beliefs.
In the 2020 election, we have witnessed major drug policy reform happen in states like Oregon which has voted in a psilocybin therapy model and broad drug decriminalization. What should Californian constituents consider for the future of psychedelic legislation? Ariel Clark argues that psychedelic legislation should begin with decriminalizing all drugs.
This article talks about the prevalence of psychedelic exceptionalism in activism groups, the need to decriminalize all drugs for social justice, and the benefits of implementing risk reduction practices in communities.