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Enseñanzas y Mareaciones: Exploring Intercultural Health Through Experience and Interaction with Healers and Plant Teachers in San Martín, Peru

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.

Tabla de Contenidos


  • Title Page
  • Supervisory Committee Members
  • Abstract
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Figures
  • Acknowledgements
  • CH.1: INTRODUCTION
    • 1.1 GENERAL INTRODUCTION
    • 1.2 OBJECTIVES
    • 1.3 OVERVIEW OF TERMINOLOGY
    • 1.4 RESEARCH CONTEXT
  • CH. 2: METHODS
    • 2.1 INTRODUCTION
    • 2.2 EXPERIENTIAL ANTHROPOLOGY
    • 2.3 VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY
    • 2.4 MY OBSERVATIONS AS PATIENT AND ETHNOGRAPHER
    • 2.5 MY EXPERIENCES AS PATIENT AND ETHNOGRAPHER
  • CH.3: HISTORY HEALTH AND POLITICAL ECOLOGY
    • 3.1 INTRODUCTION
    • 3.2 SETTING OF SAN MARTÁN
    • 3.3 HISTORY
    • 3.4 ENVIRONMENT
    • 3.5 HEALTH
  • CH. 4: INTERCULTURAL HEALTH INITIATIVES
    • 4.1 PERUVIAN INTERCULTURAL HEALTH INITIATIVES
    • 4.2 FOROSALUD: SHARING WISDOM
    • 4.3 TAKIWASI
    • 4.4 WAMANWASI: INTERCULTURAL MEDICINE WORKSHOP
  • CH.5: THE EXPERIENCE OF HEALERS
      • 5.1.1 EXPERIENCE OF IDENTITY
      • 5.1.2 EXPERIENCE OF PRACTICE
      • 5.1.3 EXPERIENCE OF PLACE/ ENVIRONMENT
    • 5.2 EXPERIENCE OF POLITICAL ECOLOGY
    • 5.3 INTERACTION AMONG MEDICAL SYSTEMS
    • 5.4 CONCLUDING REMARKS
  • CH.6: CONCLUSION
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • APPENDIX 1: PLANT TABLE
  • APPENDIX 2: PLANT IMAGES
  • APPENDIX 3: INTERVIEW QUESTION THEMES

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CHAPTER 1:
BACKGROUND

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.

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