In 1941, Professor Richard Evan Schultes took a leave from Harvard and disappeared into the Amazon, where he spent the next twelve years mapping uncharted rivers and living among dozens of ...more
One of my all-time favorite books!
The story itself is the story of an ethnobotonist from Harvard that travels through the Amazon in search of plants and their role in local medicine, culture, and religion. Maybe not to everyone's taste but to those interes ...more
"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 ...more
The Cataloging-in-Publication subjects listed on book's title/info pages :
Subject Entries I would have added by page 67 :
Amazon River Region
Colombia - Description and Travel
Colombia - History
Indians of South America - Tairona
The narrative portrays a fascinating cast ... it features Harvard Uni ...more
In the late 1960 and early 1970s Davis was a student of Professor Richard Schultes who was at that time the world's leading auth ...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
Schultes' adventure ...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
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
This is a great book that takes you threw the trials of field work and into some of the lost cultures of the amazon,and openly discusses the use of coca and yagé without the taint of a western view point. This book inspires jaunts of research about the many topics discussed.
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 an ...more