Yajé and the Harmonica: A Study in Sound and Ritual


Forty one percent of the Colombian territory is part of the Amazon rainforest, while less than 2 percent of the country’s population lives there. The region has been, historically, a strategic site of natural resource exploitation, and its difficult access and particular living conditions have always placed it as a remote and unknown, yet highly coveted, area. From colonial times, when the famous golden city of El Dorado was often hoped to be found at the river’s next bend, to the atrocious rubber plantation operations of La Casa Arana, the Amazon has excited the imagination of travelers, explorers, entrepreneurs, and governments alike. 

Andrés García Molina
Publication date: 
September 24, 2013
Publication type: 
Student Research