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Jasmine Virdi interviews Regina Célia de Oliveira, a Brazilian biologist and professor at Brasília University, specializing in the study of Banisteriopsis caapi and other plants that make up the ayahuasca brew. In this article, Regina shares about the different varieties of the B. caapi vine, the deeply sophisticated knowledge of traditional peoples about these vines, and the importance of protecting these plant species amidst ongoing ecological destruction in the Amazon Rainfor-est.
Jasmine Virdi interviews Martha Hartney, an attorney fighting for the legal use of aya-huasca as a religious sacrament within the United States. In this article, Martha Hart-ney shares about the legal status of ayahuasca, how this intersects with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and how we can collectively work towards securing the right to drink ayahuasca in bona fide religious settings.
When someone is diagnosed with a severe, life-threatening illness, the affected individual may begin to ask several existential questions. The author, Lucas Maia, PhD, summarizes his findings from his doctoral thesis which studied the ritual use of ayahuasca and its therapeutic potential for those facing and fearing death.
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.
Ayahuasca, Richard Schultes and Biodiversity Conservation
Featuring Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D
Wednesday, December 2nd from 12pm-1:30pm PST
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When Richard Schultes entered the northwest...
Jasmine Virdi explores how coronavirus has impacted the ayahuasca drinking indigenous groups of the Amazon basin, taking a look at the broader implications of coronavirus for Amazonian peoples such as the loss of elders, the threat of genocide, the return to traditional plant medicine, and the vital importance of reciprocity.