Shamans in the Amazon – Mark Plotkin

Tonight I attended a lecture by a fellow named Mark Plotkin; it was in Golden Gate Park at the County Fair Building, sponsored by the Conservatory of Flowers. He runs an organization by the name of Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), which is dedicated to helping the indigenous people of the Amazon have more control over the land that they live on, and is especially interested in preserving shamanic culture. I haven’t read any of his books, but am quite interested now, as he has spent the past 20+ years working with the people there.
The ACT approach is to help the people map their territory, and then work with the local governments to get better land rights to protect the precious headwaters of the Amazon basin. It appears to be a very worthy cause.

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