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

Alexa Rome
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(274)
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.

Class experience

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.
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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Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(274)
Hello!  My name is Alexa and I specialize in helping students prepare for their college applications, interviews for jobs and university, and general essay prep for high schoolers and middle schoolers.

As a former high achieving student attending... 
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per class
Meets once
55 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(5)
Completed by 16 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 10-14
3-12 learners per class

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