University of Victoria - Department of Anthropology
Autor(es): CLAIRE LOUISE SIEBER
Tipo de Publicación Académica: Thesis
Propósito de la Publicación: Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of MASTER OF ARTS In the Department of Anthropology
Fecha Publicación: 2007.
1.1 GENERAL INTRODUCTION
Experience of identity, practice and place form the basis of analysis for this study of contemporary medical knowledge systems among selected healers in the region of San Martín, Peru. Relationships with nature have sustained Indigenous populations and economic pursuits of natural resources have attracted many populations to the Upper Peruvian Amazon. These people and their knowledge systems are situated at the confluence of the past and present and expectations for the future. At this confluence in San Martín, a casual conversation with a farmer walking back from his chacra2 can reveal his opinions about American pop culture, terrorism and being caught between military and guerilla conflict. More in-depth discussions with farmers and healers reveals how medical knowledge systems are shaped by experience of identity, practice, place, and history.
Situated at the interface of historically-situated spheres of interaction, and at the confluence of Amazonian, Western scientific and other traditions of medical knowledge systems, the healing practices of local healers in the Peruvian Amazon provide a unique insight into the dynamic and interactive processes of knowledge acquisition, production, transmission, negotiation, use and translation. Perceptions of nature and spirituality also play a vital role in shaping local medical knowledge systems.