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Tales of a shaman's apprentice : an ethnobotanist searches for new medicines in the Amazon rain forest

Author: Mark J Plotkin
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Fascinating and highly readable account of an ethnobotanist's research on medicinal plants and hallucinogens among the Trio and Oyana of Suriname/Brazil and the Yanomamo of Venezuela. In view of the declining importance of shamanism and loss of plant knowledge due to rapid cultural change, author encourages research promoting the patenting of indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants, which may also serve as an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Plotkin, Mark J.
Tales of a shaman's apprentice.
New York : Viking, 1993
(OCoLC)610581912
Online version:
Plotkin, Mark J.
Tales of a shaman's apprentice.
New York : Viking, 1993
(OCoLC)632147957
Named Person: Mark J Plotkin; Mark J Plotkin; Mark J Plotkin; Mark J Plotkin
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark J Plotkin
ISBN: 0670831379 9780670831371
OCLC Number: 28215406
Description: x, 318 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Through the Emerald Door --
The search for the Black Caiman --
Among the Maroons --
Under the double rainbow --
A recipe for poison --
Across the Savannas of the Sipaliwini --
Witch doctor of the Wayanas --
The Semen of the Sun --
Return to Kwamala.
Responsibility: Mark J. Plotkin.

Abstract:

"Fascinating and highly readable account of an ethnobotanist's research on medicinal plants and hallucinogens among the Trio and Oyana of Suriname/Brazil and the Yanomamo of Venezuela. In view of the declining importance of shamanism and loss of plant knowledge due to rapid cultural change, author encourages research promoting the patenting of indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants, which may also serve as an important revenue source for indigenous-based cultural survival programs"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.
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