Thus the strong recommendation to north American travelers. For more than a decade, Dr. A rare look into a culture most of us will never have the opportunity to see first hand. The author obviously does talk about plants and their medicinal properties, but it's always in the context of a story about the people of the northern Amazon. I loved that part.
Plotkin, under the guise of poetic license, has written something strenuous and arduous, and nobody should ever have to read this book ever. Plotkin could learn a thing or two from Ernest Hemingway about the "iceberg theory". This covers the work ie adventures of an ethnobotanist in the Amazon rainforest. . . Plotkin to tell an important story about the healing plants of the earth-and why we must protect them. So it'll carry you along.
Submerging yourself in a world like no other ever been a dream, or a passing fancy? When an Indian looks at the jungle, he sees the basics of life—food, medicines, and raw materials from which to build shelters, weave hammocks, and carve a hunting bow. The so-called facts about deforestation have been used to create panic and money-making schemes. The writer helped to increase my wonder as he wrote in great detail about the fascinating flora, fauna and tribes who live here. Way to embrace the participant observation technique! I can't recommend it enough for those of you who like books like this. Change agents come in various forms such as gold diggers, government workers and missionaries. Somehow Plotkin, the all-knowing Westerner, thinks he knows best what should happen to these people. Find the untouched lands.
I picked it up, but didn't read it as happens with many books until recently - many years after his death. . Tales is a book that traces the interaction of the author with the Tirio and other peoples i I first came across Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice when William S. Perfect for anyone longing to escape their office and disappear into the jungle. Okay I hit enough words have a good day This was an amusing and informative read. This book literally changed my life. Delivery times may vary, especially during peak periods.
Botanists will be intrigued, but this is no scientific reference manual. Submerging yourself in a world like no other ever been a dream, or a passing fancy? Shamans seemed to be more doctor than witch. Because nobody living in the tribe wore clothes or had ever encountered frost. I interspersed chapters of this with chapters of Michener's The Source until I found myself about reading The Shaman's Apprentice full time. The writing of Plotkin was so informative, that I even have a whole new understanding of what the jungle is as well. Change country: -Select- Afghanistan Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Republic Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brazil British Virgin Islands Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Islands Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Colombia Comoros Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Croatia, Republic of Cyprus Czech Republic CÃ´te d'Ivoire Ivory Coast Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands Islas Malvinas Fiji Finland France Gabon Republic Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guam Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras Hong Kong Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, South Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macau Macedonia Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Marshall Islands Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Micronesia Moldova Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands Netherlands Antilles New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norway Oman Pakistan Palau Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Puerto Rico Qatar Romania Rwanda Saint Helena Saint Kitts-Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines San Marino Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Suriname Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Togo Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Vatican City State Vietnam Virgin Islands U.
For more than a decade, Dr. God has definitely left His signature creativity in this unique part of the world and I am curious to learn all I can. Which would be OK, if he were going to be preachy about the things I'm preachy about. The author obviously does talk about plants and their medicinal properties, but it's always in the context of a story about the people of the northern Amazon. It's written in short chapters, that, while being interrelated, can act as nice self-contained interludes. My suggestion: read this and don't hold back the cringe as it creeps in, gradually, to your enjoyment of the exotic stories.
Okay I hit enough words have a good day Favorite book I am not a science gal but this book changed my life. Overall, a good book, but it's not without its nits for me to pick. As with many authors who write books like this, he sometimes goes off on educational tangents about the irrelevant history or experiences of people relevant to his South American studies if that makes sense. And now they can have this book of his written and preserved because of that Bible. Now Western medicine, faced with health crises such as AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer, has begu For thousands of years, healers have used plants to cure illness. Special thanks to Jon Coren who loaned me this classic. Each chronicles some scientific research trip into the Amazon by our scientist main character.
At the end of the third day, the old shaman turned to the other Indian and said, "Tell the pananakiri that I have taught him all that I am going to teach him. The Tirio was so excited to try the poison that he killed all of the howler monkeys and as the last one died it turned into the body of his dead wife. Spanning human history and including discussions of evolution, the definition of disease, and the nature of psychosis, Shamans Among Us is the most detailed and comprehensive evolutionary theory yet assembled to explain a specific psychiatric diagnosis. This book will make you rethink deforestation, the advance of civilization, Western Medicine, Christian missionaries, and plants in general. Boy, was I wrong! In what can only be seen as page-fillers, Plotkin has inserted lengthy tangents and descriptions of various flora and fauna, as well as mundane historical facts to drive home a moot point - that he is a knowledgable man blessed with a multitude of subjects.
While the story itself and various knowledge bits about rain forests are engaging in and of themselves, what I really love about this read is the compassion with which the author, ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin, writes about the indigenous peoples he stays with while researching the social, spiritual, and medicinal uses of plants in South America. Plotkin was heartbroken when he saw Indians wear clothes and use aluminum roofs. I'm sorry it took this long. Michael has an uncanny ability to translate the mysterious knowledge of Amazon shamanism into magical everyday practice, that is understandable and approachable. A TED talk by the author: Very down to earth description of the author's experience in the Amazonian forest, nothing outlandish - no Don Juan here - but a description of the change of a culture. About this book For thousands of years, healers have used plants to cure illness. Every page is positively bursting with information, but it isn't like reading a dr This book will make you rethink deforestation, the advance of civilization, Western Medicine, Christian missionaries, and plants in general.