Preserving Indigenous Science and Biodiversity in the Upper Amazon
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North Atlantic Books
BACK COVER #The plant medicine and native science of the upper Amazon are illustrated with full-color photographs and unique botanical and cultural drawings by Secoya elder and traditional healer Agustin Payaguaje, horticulturalist Thomas Y. Wang, and acclaimed artist Pablo Cesar Amaringo.
BLURBS #"Rainforest Medicine offers valuable insights into deepening our understanding of the natural world and thereby rediscovering ancient ways of thought that can guide us toward healthy living."
-- Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Spontaneous Happiness: A New Path to Emotional Well-Being
"Jonathon Miller Weisberger, or 'Sparrow' as called by his friends, has been dedicated to the preservation of biodiversity, indigenous cultures, and indigenous knowledge in the Northwest Amazon for over twenty years! His commitment is one fueled by passion, a deep understanding of why all humanity needs the rainforest and a profound respect for traditional ways of knowing. In this book Jonathon shares the spiritual perspectives of healers and traditional elders as well as his own body of experiences, alongside a compilation of the identities and uses of two-hundred-and-one Amazonian medicines. This books jumps off the bookshelf and urges readers to connect straight to the living heart of the rainforest itself. This book undeniably will be appreciated by researchers of Amazonian topics for years to come, as well as anyone concerned about saving the rainforest and being an ally to its peoples."
-- Dennis McKenna, Ph.D., ethnopharmacologist, author of The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terrence McKenna
"Rainforest Medicine carries a timeless message, one that makes evident our essential need--which is to reconnect with nature. This book is an instrument of positive transformation. Highly recommended."
-- Graham Hancock, author of Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind
"Rainforest Medicine teaches us a great deal. While holding true to adventure, the journey goes deep into the earth consciousness where the real medicine for all life exists. Weisberger is one of the great ethnobotanists of our time. Even more so, he is without a doubt one of the finest ambassadors for our planet. His story of the Upper Amazon with its amazing medicine plants, people, and oral traditions leaves you wanting to do something--anything--to save this amazing place. He has a gift for evoking a sense of place and purpose, and the characters he meets come alive on the page. There is little doubt in my mind that Rainforest Medicine is a masterpiece and sets a new standard in ethnobotany and conservation."
-- Michael Cottingham, director of Voyage Botanica School of Botanical Medicine