Yanomamo Hallucinogens: Anthropological, Botanical, and Chemical Findings

  title={Yanomamo Hallucinogens: Anthropological, Botanical, and Chemical Findings},
  author={Napoleon A. Chagnon and P W Le Quesne and James M. Cook},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={72 - 74}
The Yanomamo Indians of southern Venezuela and northern Brazil employ hallucinogenic snuffs made from a wide variety of feral and domestic plants. Schultes (1967: 303) has recently suggested that this general geographical region represents the "center of complexity" of snuff-taking in South America. More recently, he and Holmstedt (Schultes and Holmstedt 1968: 123) have suggested that the Yanomamo area itself may even represent the very region where one of the most common varieties of snuff… 

Vilca in Andean Culture History: Psychotropic Associations in the Urubamba and Beyond

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Snuff Synergy: Preparation, Use and Pharmacology of Yopo and Banisteriopsis Caapi Among the Piaroa of Southern Venezuela

  • Robin Rodd
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War: The Anthropology of Armed Conflict and Aggression

  • K. Boulding
  • Political Science
    Comparative Studies in Society and History
  • 1969
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