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ONE RIVER: EXPLORATIONS IN THE AMAZON RAIN FOREST 1996 1st ed DJ SIGNED by Wade Davis
By Davis, Wade.
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New York, 1996, 1st edition. 537 pp, photos. Several amazing tales of adventure, including the great plant explorer Richard Schultes who discovered 100's of new species, including hallucinogens, and the author, who also lived for years in the Amazon among native tribes. Hardcover, Near Fine - Fine condition with Dust Jacket.

 
SIGNED by Wade Davis
 
The prodigious biological and cultural riches of the vast Amazon rain forest are being lost at a horrendous rate, according to the author, often without yielding their secrets to the Western world. During his years in the South American jungle, ethnobotanist Davis (The Serpent and the Rainbow) has done much to preserve some of these treasures. He tells two entwined tales here?his own explorations in the '70s and those of his mentor, the great Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes, beginning in the '30s. Both men have been particularly interested in the psychoactive and medicinal properties of the plants of the Amazon basin and approach their subject with a reverence for the cultural context in which the plants are used.

The contrasting experiences of two explorers, a mere generation apart, starkly demonstrates how much has already been destroyed in the rain forest. Although Schultes probably knew more about Amazonian plants than any Western scientist, he was constantly learning of new ones and new uses for them from native experts. Davis graphically describes the brutal clash of cultures from Columbian times to the present, often so devastating for indigenous peoples, that has defined this region. At times humorous, at times depressing, this is a consistently enlightening and thought-provoking study.


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