Medicine Stories: Indigenous Perspectives on Mind-Altering Substances

Gathering, Panel & Reception

Title Conditional: Medicine Stories: Indigenous Perspectives on Mind-Altering Substances
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 102 Kroeber Hall

Peruvian coca divination ceremony (Photo by Benralexander, Pixabay.)
Peruvian coca divination ceremony (Photo by Benralexander, Pixabay.)

As the “psychedelic renaissance” unfolds, conversations around the legalization, therapeutic effects, and commodification of powerful and sacred substances like tobacco, peyote, psilocybin, and ayahuasca too often leave out the voices of the indigenous communities that have stewarded these plants for centuries. This event will bring together speakers from different Native and Indigenous traditions to discuss integrity of use and appropriation of mind-altering substances, in the context of globalization.

5:00 pm – Outdoor circle gathering with prayers, songs, and calls to action
6:00 pm – Interactive panel with speakers from CosmoVisiones Ancestrales and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
7:30 pm – Reception 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and the UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology.