- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 3rd Revised ed. edition (January 27, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0938190806
- ISBN-13: 978-0938190806
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wizard of the Upper Amazon: The Story of Manuel C¢rdova-Rios 3rd Revised ed. Edition
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About the Author
F. Bruce Lamb was born in Colorado in 1913 and holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. He has traveled widely, in North, South and Central America, as well as Africa and Asia, and has held many posts and consultancies in the field of forest engineering, specializing in tropical forestry. He has published two books and numerous articles in this field. Married and father of one daughter, he lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is retired Technical Director, Forest Resources for Champion International Corporation.
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Just finished the story of Ino Moxo - The Black Panther, as told by Bruce Lamb. An engrossing tale of life deep in the Amazonian jungle where shared ayahuasca vision quests provide the cohesion necessary to survive and thrive. What a great read!
This book also provides glimpses into the magic or the amazon and her people, with amazing plant medicines, especially but not limited to yage, with her magical visions teaching higher levels of perception, clairvoyance, deeper harmony, and knowledge of the forest and all creatures.
This book is recommended to anyone and everyone who feels the sacred calls of the spirit of the Amazon...
The book acquired some notoriety when it was published in 1971 because of its descriptions of hallucinogenic sessions the Amahuaca (they called themselves the Huni Kui) used to communicate with the spirit world. Although these beautifully described sessions are important events in the book, there is much more here--marriage and funeral customs, hunting techniques, and an elegant depiction of life in the forest for an indigenous people who had little contact with westerners. Córdova’s own personal evolution from a frightened adolescent into a skilled hunter, shaman and tribal leader is the true story here, and his eventual decision to leave the tribe and return home is full of anguish. In a sequel, "Rio Tigre and Beyond," Córdova describes how his love for the forest led him to become a healer and an advocate for all its people, plants and animals.
This is an amazing story, engaging and suspenseful; a vivid glimpse into a way of life that has vanished. Córdova does not idealize the Huni Kui, who are sometimes violent and treacherous, but he leaves the reader with a new appreciation for the forest and those who live in it.