[Epub] ↠ One River Author Wade Davis – Soaringeaglecasino.us

One RiverIn 1974 75, Wade Davis And Tim Plowman Traveled The Length Of South America, Living Among A Dozen Indian Tribes, Collecting Medicinal Plants And Searching For The Origins Of Coca, The Sacred Leaf Of The Andes And The Notorious Source Of Cocaine It Was A Journey Inspired And Made Possible By Their Harvard Mentor, Richard Evans Schultes, The Most Important Scientific Explorer In South America In This Century, Whose Exploits Rival Those Of Darwin And The Great Naturalist Explorers Of The Victorian Age In 1941, After Having Identified Ololiuqui, The Long Lost Aztec Hallucinogen, And Having Collected The First Specimens Of Teonanacatl, The Sacred Mushroom Of Mexico, Schultes Took A Leave Of Absence From Harvard And Disappeared Into The Northwest Of Colombia Twelve Years Later, He Returned From South America, Having Gone Places No Outsider Had Ever Been, Mapping Uncharted Rivers And Living Among Two Dozen Indian Tribes He Collected Some Twenty Thousand Botanical Specimens, Including Three Hundred Species New To Science, And Documented The Invaluable Knowledge Of Native Shamans The World S Leading Authority On Plant Hallucinogens, Schultes Was For His Students A Living Link To A Distant Time When The Tropical Rain Forests Stood Immense, Inviolable, A Mantle Of Green Stretching Across Entire Continents It Was A World Greatly Changed By The Time Davis And Plowman Began Their Journey, Nearly Thirty Years Later, And Changed Further Today.

[Epub] ↠ One River Author Wade Davis – Soaringeaglecasino.us
  • Hardcover
  • 544 pages
  • One River
  • Wade Davis
  • English
  • 09 August 2018
  • 9780684808864

    10 thoughts on “[Epub] ↠ One River Author Wade Davis – Soaringeaglecasino.us


  1. says:

    This book makes me want to study ethnobotany, try a whole whack of obscure hallucinogens, and leave all my worldly possessions behind to explore the river basin Surprisingly captivating and dense with wonders I really ought to read nonfiction.


  2. says:

    6 30 17A quote from Wade, page 68 As a man Ames was firmly rooted in the past, yet as a botanist he was curiously ahead of his time A profoundly original thinker, Ames was one of the few scholars in the country seriously concerned about the origins of cultivated plants At a time when anthropologists maintained that man was a relatively recent arrival in the New World Ames published a book that, on the basis of botanical evidence alone, shattered the dogma Ames noted that in the five thousand years of recorded history not a single major crop had been added to the list of cultivated plants With the origins of maize and beans, peanuts and tobacco lost in the shadows of prehistory, it was simply unrealistic to assume that agriculture had emerged in the New World within the past ten thousand years The antiquity of agriculture alone suggested that humans had reached the New World far earlier than anthropologists then believed He was right, but it would be twenty years or before his ideas became generally accepted Can you imagine being among the first humans to see the shores of western N American Original reviewCataloging in Publ...


  3. says:

    Telling the names of gods through plants, rivers, hallucinogenics, industries and languages what a discovery was reading One River My wife has read it like ten years ago, and it was only now when I got the time and the motivation to read it, mainly because it inspired the Colombian film El Abrazo de la Serpiente , nominated for the Oscars, 2016 The film got no Oscar, but the 529 pages told me a story that we have never learned in schools or in the universities in Colombia, Ecuador, Per or Brazil People in the Latin American cities know very little about the indigenous cultures living in the forests One River is a story developed in the basin, reflecting the medicinal and spiritual life of indigenous communities The story is told with key references to foreigners like La Condamine French, 1743 , Alexander von Humboldt German, 1801 , Richard Spruce British botanist, 1853 , Richard Evans Schultes American, 1941 , Tim Plowman American, 1974 and Wade Davis author Both Tim and Wade were Schultes students in Harvard, and the three of them play the central role of telling the many stories articulated by One River, the Though the main driver for Schultes visits to Colombia and the during 1941 1953 had to do with the need for getting rubber seeds for the USA war and industry needs , the core of the real story has to do with plants, quinine, hallucinogenic...


  4. says:

    Wade Davis is one of my favorite authors to read He displays a sensitivity to other cultures that is rare, even to find in an anthropologist and he s a fantastic writer as demonstrated in this paragraph Shamanism is arguably the oldest of spiritual endeavors, born as it was at the dawn of human awareness For our Paleolithic ancestors, death was the first teacher, the first pain, the edge beyond which life as they knew it ended and wonder began Religion was nursed by mystery, but it was born of the hunt, from the need on the part of humans to rationalize the fact to live they had to kill what they most revered, the animals that gave them life Rich and complex rituals and myths evolved as an expression of the covenant between the animals and humans, a means of containing within manageable bounds the fear and violence of the hunt and maintaining a certain essential balance between the consciousness of man and the unreasoning impulses of the natural world I appreciate that Davis shared the story of his mentor and teacher, Richard Schultes Dr Schultes had an incredible life, spurred by his love of plants, he lived and traveled around the rain forest for decades Not only does Dr Davis share the fascin...


  5. says:

    Blew my mind in so many ways A great tale of adventure in the region during two important eras, fascinating exploration of the world of plants and human usage, important exploration of human usage of drugs yage, coca, etc , and a subtle case for recog...


  6. says:

    One River is one part botanical adventure story, one part thoughtful exploration of humanity s relationship to nature The meat of the narrative is two parallel explorations of the northwestern and western South America one, Davis and his colleague tracing the earlier discoveries and collecting expeditions of their mentor, Richard Schultes the other story is Schultes journeys throughout the region a few decades before.Although the jumping about in time can often muddle the flow and make the book as a whole a little meandering, it doesn t detract from the book, though it does leave you feel like there was a lot left untold.At its base, this is a story of ethnobotanists finding weird new plants, experimenting with wide varieties of hallucinogens, and hanging out with Indian tribes that were then virtually unknown The sheer magnitude and intensity of these journeys, especially...


  7. says:

    I started reading this with the intent of reading some light non fiction to detox from grad school reading requirements But I ended up reading one of the best books I ve ever read Longer review probably forthcoming, barring distractions.


  8. says:

    Demor casi un a o leyendo este libro por temor a terminarlo Definitivamente mi libro favorito Davis narra las exploraciones de Schultes y Plowman de una forma tan rica que uno mismo se siente viajando ...


  9. says:

    Take a lot of plants, trees, seeds, some of them hallucinogenic, some known, lots unknown, a dog, Botany s answer to Indiana Jones, his brightest student and another wide eyed yet equally capable student, Rubber, Orchids, Coca, a cast of incredible and wonderful characters and a sizeable chunk of South America and slowly drift down the river, from one end to the over, from one tributary to the next, and you have, well you have a lot than One River, I have to say.Much like the river of the title, I imagine anyway, this is a big, sprawling book that seems to be a biography, a travelogue and a study of medicinal and hallucinogenic plants mashed in a great mortar and pestle and pressed onto the pages Ostensibly dedicated to the memory of Tim Plowman, Wade Davis has written a detailed biography of Richard Evans Schultes who has become a hero of mine on the basis of this book , as well as the histories of rubber and Coca and their impact, the lives and roles of Indians in the basin and beyond, and their incredible knowledge and understanding of the world around them Along the way he travels with Tim, throws in the histories of Richard Spruce, a bit off Alfred Russell Wallace, the Inca s and even a little bit of Peyote.What this meant was that while reading, I drifted in and out of interest Just when I got into the life of ...


  10. says:

    What an incredible book I often try to stay away from reading books for fun that are closely related to my work, but this was a fantastic exception Early on, Davis presents One River as if it will be two intertwined stories one focused on the South American travels of Richard Schultes, a famous and influential Harvard ethnobotanist, in the 1940s and 50s, and a second story focused on travels through many of the same locales a few decades later by Davis and his comrade Tim Plowman both students of Schultes But this book is so much than just those two narratives Woven throughout is an incredible amount of information about the various native tribes and peoples that all three of these main characters Schultes, Davis, Plowman interacted with He describes their languages, cultural practices, use of plants, and daily lives with an amazing amount of detail, and beautiful, evocative, descriptive language I learned a staggering amount, especially about which plants are used and how, by particular groups of native South Americans He also discusses the history of these peoples, particularly as their history was impacted by Europeans, in sometimes gruesome detail There is always a sense that we must remember what was done to them in order to understand both their current cultures and the...

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