Losing the Future Cures (Mark Plotkin)
- 1993 ----- color ----- 28 min ----- vhs
(Upon Reflection series)
Host Marcia Alvar speaks with Mark Plotkin, author of Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice. Mr. Plotkin examines the changes in the Amazon region of Brazil, including tribal extinction, deforestation, losses of plant species and the attendant medical culture. He shows how shaman pharmaceuticals could be an answer for pressing medical dilemmas, including AIDS. He examines the ecology of the rain forest and how the native peoples, who once accepted modernization, are now returning to the old ways. He includes film footage of his time in Brazil and the shaman under whom he studied.
- Topics: (Anthropology: Cultural, Botany, Ecology, Latin America, Medicine)