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1: A WEDDING IN PERU
When New York journalist Peter Gorman decided to marry his Peruvian sweetheart, he didn’t know that the decision would involve learning a number of cultural idiosyncrasies on the road to marital bliss.

2: What Gringos Expect from Trips to the Amazon
In my experience as a tourist in Peru, I wanted an Amazon that has not existed for hundreds of years, and perhaps never existed. I was always disappointed on some level or another. Things weren't wild

3: The Vision Seekers: Matses Indians of Peru
The Matses grow easily tired of guests and have many ways to tell them that it is time to leave. They may stop inviting a visitor to their homes or fail to acknowledge his presence in the puebla. Or t

4: The Floating Slums of Iquitos: Acculturation in the Peruvian Amazon
It is not yet dawn, but already the sprawling marketplace is coming to life. The great concrete staircase leading up the hill from the Amazon is crowded with men and women who carry yucca and sugarcan

5: A Primer on Shamanism in northwest Amazonia in 2006
This article is a long hand version of a talk I gave at the 2nd Shamanism Conference in Iquitos in July, 2006. I wanted to discuss several important, but often overlooked aspects of shamanic healing,

6: SAPO: An Amphibian Medicinal of the Indigenous Matses of Western Peru
It was another scalding late morning on the Rio Galvez, not far from the border between Peru and Brazil. Sunlight filtered through the spaces in the thin, upright saplings that made up the dirt-floore

7: PLANT MAGIC: THE MEDICINE CABINET IS FULL OF IT
Until very recent times, people all over the world depended exclusively on plant and animal medicines to treat pain, illness, infection and disease. Even now an estimated 75% of the world’s population depends on plant-derived medicines, and more than 25% of the world’s pharmaceuticals have their roots in plant extractions. The search for more continues

8: MAKING MAGIC
A Westerner Glimpses One of the Secrets of a Tribe of Hunter-Gatherers in the Amazon

9: CASTING A VANISHING PEOPLE: THE SCULPTURE OF FELIPE LETTERSTEN
In 1986, Felipe Lettersten began the extraordinary task of sculpting the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Now, with more than 100 of the pieces finished, his dream is nearing completion.

10: Julio Jerena, My Friend and Teacher, Has Passed 1916-2007
My friend and teacher, Don Julio Jerena Pineda, passed on January 19 at about 10 PM while in the Regional Hospital in Iquitos, Peru. He was 91 and his death wasn't unexpected: to me the only surprise


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