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Amazonian Shamans: Anthropology of Traditional Medicine in the 21st Century

In this session, we will talk about Indigenous Shamanism in the Amazon Rainforest: shamanistic rituals, medicines, what it faces in 2020, and what western doctors should all know about it.
Alexa Rome & Academy for World Exploration
274 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 16 learners
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55 minutes
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Students will learn about Indigenous Shamanism in the Amazon, learning about natural medicines, rainforest threats, and the various cultural aspects and conflicts associated with it.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology & Human Biology from Emory University.  During my time there I completed a research project on mixed medicine in the Upper Amazon through ethnographic interviews, participant observation, and external research in Peru.  I am also a mestizo Peruvian-American.  I have worked with Indigenous Peoples on numerous projects and consider myself an Indigenous ally.  While I am mixed race, I do not suffer from the systematic issues that many other Indigenous Peoples do.  This course will be taught with respect foremost, and will encourage students to view Indigenous Peoples in a decolonized way.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
We will be talking about medical issues, a few psychoactive drugs, and Indigenous oppression in the Amazon.  I will not be advocating for them to take any of these psychoactive drugs - in fact I will do the opposite as they have strong cultural associations.  Students should never take any plant medicines without the guidance of an expert.

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Alexa Rome & Academy for World Exploration
Lives in the United States
From a Peruvian-American Explorer, Archaeologist, Scientist, & Digital Nomad
274 total reviews
196 completed classes

About Us

Hello!  My name is Alexa and I work/study broadly in ancient genomics, traditional medicine, museum studies, and science writing. I am a National Geographic Certified Educator and am TEFL certified as well! I have also earned a Bachelor of Science... 
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