Medicine Stories: Indigenous Perspectives on Mind-Altering Substances

October 16, 2019

Event Description

As the “psychedelic renaissance” unfolds, conversations around the legalization, therapeutic effects, and commodification of powerful and sacred substances like tobacco, peyote, psilocybin, and ayahuasca too often leave out the voices of the indigenous communities that have stewarded these plants for centuries. This event will bring together speakers from different Native and Indigenous traditions to discuss the integrity of use and appropriation of mind-altering substances, in the context of globalization.


Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and the UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology.

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