An indigenous person of Peru taking traditional medicine.

Ancient Medicinal Knowledge of Amazon Tribes to Be Recorded in Writing for First Time in History

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But the outside world also brings new threats – oil companies, loggers, and drug gangs have become an increasing problem in many parts of the Amazon. Vast areas of the jungle are being destroyed and with it the traditional ways of life of the indigenous people are under threat.

“I would like to show you the monkeys, capybaras, tapirs and many bird species,” Pidru told us. “But we don’t see them much anymore. They are smart and have learned to hide and find new homes now that an airport has been built close to our land. Maybe we need to follow the way of the animals.”

Top image: An indigenous person of Peru taking traditional medicine. Credit: Pachamama Alliance

By April Holloway

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This is amazing yet so sad. I hope they are able to preserve their way of life. I am sure there are people in the world somewhere who would love the opportunity to study with a shaman! Perhaps they could recruit from the outside :)
This makes me think of all the vast knowledge that has been lost already due to men killing off, conquering, or influencing whole cultures.

Are we missing a picture? (Indigenous guide, Pidru, explains the uses of some of the plants in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador. Credit: April Holloway)

chris6a2's picture

Hello, yes the image was missing thank you for spotting that mistake. We have added the image. 

I'm not Native American, but I really want to read that book.

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