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design work
subterranean realities
embracing water
influx of algae microcosms
observatory of material change
perceptions of plant life ...
nuclear fossils
geostories of petroleum
viscera urbana
terra incognita
psychedelic womb
coney island center
perforations of atmosphere plataforma alimenticia
decaying perfection
warping small worlds
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about

perceptions of plant life in indigenous amazonian cultures

2020.
harvard gsd / cambridge, ma.
advisor: danielle choi.


From 1941 to 1952, Richard Evans Schultes conducted ethnobotanical research and fieldwork in the Amazon, collecting and indexing thousands of plant species. Through photographs, maps, field notes, manuscripts and other materials, he documented the landscape practices in the Amazonian forest, recording the native plant species and their use by the indigenous populations. The archives illustrate a lifestyle based on plants, from the stimulating drinks that allow them to hunt and travel all day, to therapeutic remedies for sickness, to poisonous darts and to spiritual ceremonies. Schultes documented much of the extensive indigenous knowledge for plants, preserving a patrimony of ecologies and human practices that currently face processes of erasure and quite literally eradication.



Composition of archival findings and writings by Richard Evans Schultes on the Colombian Amazon. Drawing by author.



Composition of archival findings and writings by Richard Evans Schultes  on the Sibundoy Valley in the Colombian Amazon. Drawing by author.


Composition of archival findings and writings by Richard Evans Schultes on the Kofan people in the Colombian Amazon. Drawing by author.

Composition of archival findings and writings by Richard Evans Schultes on the Witotos in the Colombian Amazon. Drawing by author.




Composition of archival findings and writings by Richard Evans Schultes at the upper Rio Apaporis in the Colombian Amazon. Drawing by author.


Composition of archival findings and writings by Richard Evans Schultes at the lower Rio Apaporis in the Colombian Amazon. Drawing by author.