In 'One River' Davis writes two stories; one is a description of the work of Richard Evans Schultes, the 'father of ethnobotany'.
Here's a quote from Davis regarding Schultes ... "Taking a semester's leave of absence from the university, he disappeared into the Northwest Amazon, where he remained for twelve years, mapping uncharted river...more
This book is a mix of adventures by two real-life Indiana Jones: Davis himself and his mentor, Schultes. It tells everything they experienced during their trips to the Amazons studying local plants and herbs and how locals used them for all kinds of purposes. Davis follows a lot of his men...more
Davis presents in his book One River an engaging personal narrative recounting explorations and experiences in the Amazon rainforest with his friend and fellow naturalist Timothy Plowman, to whom the book is dedicated. At the same time Davis covers a broad historical perspective of topics relevant to ethno–botanical studies, such as the ceremonial use of hallucinogenic plant material, the importance of coca leaves to indigenous peoples in everyday life, the exploitation of native populations by...more
There are several interwoven journeys here: Tim Plowman’s, Wade Davis’s, and Richard Evans Schultes’s. Richard Spruce is included as well. These men spent substantial time in the Amazon rain forests at different points in time. They were ethnobotanists of the first order, dedica...more
The book is a great read in that it has a little of everything-- travel and adventure, ethnobotany (botany and cultural anthropology), history, politics, and mysticism.
Davis does an amazing job of conveying the sheer depth of the amazon region. The staggering depth of flora and fauna, the depth of culture and language, experience, history, tragedy and beauty. I...more
Subject Entries needed (by page 67)
Amazon River Region
Colombia - Description and Travel
Colombia - History
Indians of South America - Tairona
Fascinating cast ... Harvard paying scholars to seek the organic gems of the jungles.
An ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, he holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Mostly through the Harvard Botanical Museum, he spent more than three years in the Amazon and Andes...more