Thursday, 13 October 2011

Richard Evans Schultes: Hallucinogenic Plants (Lecture)

Lecture given by Dr. Richard Evans Schultes on the topic of Hallucinogenic Plants, date unknown.

Dr. Schultes was often called the father of ethnobotany, the field that studies the relationship between native cultures and their use of plants. Over decades of research, mainly in Colombia's Amazon region, he documented the use of more than 2,000 medicinal plants among Indians of a dozen tribes, many of whom had never seen a white man before. "I do not believe in hostile Indians," Dr. Schultes was quoted as saying in a 1992 article about him in The New Yorker by E. J. Kahn Jr. "All that is required to bring out their gentlemanliness is reciprocal gentlemanliness."