Plotkin, Mark J, Cherry, Lynne, written by Lynne Cherry and Mark J. Plotkin, and illustrated by Lynne Cherry
Healers--Juvenile fiction, Rain forests--Amazon River Region--Juvenile fiction, Healers--Fiction, Rain forests--Amazon River Region--Fiction, Rain forests--Fiction.--Amazon River Region, Healers.--Fiction, Amazon River Region--Juvenile fiction, Amazon River Region--Fiction, Amazon River Region--Fiction, and PZ7.C41995
Plotkin, Mark J., Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection., and Plotkin, Mark J.
Plants, Medicinal., Medicine, Traditional., Indians, South American., Indians of South America -- Ethnobotany -- Amazon River Region., Indians of South America -- Medicine -- Amazon River Region., Indians of South America -- Ethnobotany., and Hallucinogenic plants -- South America.
"Fascinating and highly readable account of an ethnobotanist's research on medicinal plants and hallucinogens among the Trio and Oyana of Suriname/Brazil and the Yanomamo of Venezuela. In view of the declining importance of shamanism and loss of plant knowledge due to rapid cultural change, author encourages research promoting the patenting of indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants, which may also serve as an important revenue source for indigenous-based cultural survival programs"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.
Plotkin Mark J, Uremaru Amasina, Uiterloo Melvin, Herndon Christopher N, Emanuels-Smith Gwendolyn, and Jitan Jeetendra
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, Vol 5, Iss 1, p 27 (2009)
Other systems of medicine, RZ201-999, Botany, and QK1-989
Abstract Background The extensive medicinal plant knowledge of Amazonian tribal peoples is widely recognized in the scientific literature and celebrated in popular lore. Despite this broad interest, the ethnomedical systems and knowledge of disease which guide indigenous utilization of botanical diversity for healing remain poorly characterized and understood. No study, to our knowledge, has attempted to directly examine patterns of actual disease recognition and treatment by healers of an Amazonian indigenous culture. Methods The establishment of traditional medicine clinics, operated and directed by elder tribal shamans in two remote Trio villages of the Suriname rainforest, presented a unique investigational opportunity. Quantitative analysis of clinic records from both villages permitted examination of diseases treated over a continuous period of four years. Cross-cultural comparative translations were articulated of recorded disease conditions through ethnographic interviews of elder Trio shamans and a comprehensive atlas of indigenous anatomical nomenclature was developed. Results 20,337 patient visits within the period 2000 to 2004 were analyzed. 75 disease conditions and 127 anatomical terms are presented. Trio concepts of disease and medical practices are broadly examined within the present and historical state of their culture. Conclusion The findings of this investigation support the presence of a comprehensive and highly formalized ethnomedical institution within Trio culture with attendant health policy and conservation implications.