A Network of Shamans

Celebrating three decades of Pulse of the Planet, here’s a program from our archives.In the rainforests of Brazil, a shaman is trying to help his village survive by starting a plantation-cooperative, which grows and trades in herbal medicines. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Ambience, Brazilian Rainforest, dawn chorusKinnikinau: The plan that I’ve already been able to carry forward to a certain extent has been to enter into contact with shamans who live in other villages and other tribes throughout Brazil.Kinnikinau is perhaps the youngest shaman in Brazil. A shaman is well-versed in his knowledge of plants and medicinal herbs, but that knowledge is usually kept within the confines of the tribe or village. So the exchange that Kinnikinau is speaking of, is something new.Kinnikinau: We’ve been exchanging medicines, knowledge of how to use the different kinds of traditional herbs. However, I want to be able to send our medicines, and to receive medicines from many, many other tribes throughout Brazil. The way in which I’ve been carrying forward this project so far has been completely independent of any official organization. The Brazilian government hasn’t been interested in helping us with this. We’ve done this all on our own. We’ve been able to continue to expand the plantation and the sales. However, we’re at a point where we’re going to need further assistance to be able to bring this to yet more cities and make it available to yet more people, so we can continue to be independent of any official organization. Self-sufficient is what we want to be. “The future of the world’s rainforests may go hand in hand with the fate of the people who have lived there for centuries. This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. If you want hear more, check out our podcast. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

A Network of Shamans

Sharing the secret knowledge of plants and herbs.
Air Date:09/19/2018
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Celebrating three decades of Pulse of the Planet, here's a program from our archives.In the rainforests of Brazil, a shaman is trying to help his village survive by starting a plantation-cooperative, which grows and trades in herbal medicines. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Ambience, Brazilian Rainforest, dawn chorusKinnikinau: The plan that I've already been able to carry forward to a certain extent has been to enter into contact with shamans who live in other villages and other tribes throughout Brazil.Kinnikinau is perhaps the youngest shaman in Brazil. A shaman is well-versed in his knowledge of plants and medicinal herbs, but that knowledge is usually kept within the confines of the tribe or village. So the exchange that Kinnikinau is speaking of, is something new.Kinnikinau: We've been exchanging medicines, knowledge of how to use the different kinds of traditional herbs. However, I want to be able to send our medicines, and to receive medicines from many, many other tribes throughout Brazil. The way in which I've been carrying forward this project so far has been completely independent of any official organization. The Brazilian government hasn't been interested in helping us with this. We've done this all on our own. We've been able to continue to expand the plantation and the sales. However, we're at a point where we're going to need further assistance to be able to bring this to yet more cities and make it available to yet more people, so we can continue to be independent of any official organization. Self-sufficient is what we want to be. "The future of the world's rainforests may go hand in hand with the fate of the people who have lived there for centuries. This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. If you want hear more, check out our podcast. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.