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SPEAKERS BIOGRAPHY

GlennShepard

Glenn Shepard Jr.

Glenn Shepard Jr. works in different areas of ethnobotany and ethnology, including medical anthropology, ethnoecology, the traditional resource management and visual anthropology. Graduated in Ethnobotany from Princeton University (1987) and PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley (1999). He is currently a researcher at the Department of Anthropology of the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, which has been responsible of the ethnographic collection Curt Nimuendajú (2009-2013) and coordinator of the Coordination of Humanities (2015-2016). He is a collaborating professor in the Ecology of coordination of the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA), and also collaborates in Human Ecology program at the University of São Paulo (USP). He has scientific publications in journals like PLOS One (2015), American Anthropologist (2012, 2004), Economic Botany (2011, 2008), Conservation Biology (2007), Science (2003), Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2002), Journal of Ethnobiology (2001) & Nature (1998, 1999).

Dennis

Dennis Mckenna

Dennis McKenna’s professional and personal interests are focused on the interdisciplinary study of ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. He received his doctorate in 1984 from the University of British Columbia, where his doctoral research focused on ethnopharmacological investigations of the botany, chemistry, and pharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two orally-active tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon.

Daiara

Daiara Tukano

Daiara Tukano from the Ye’pâ-Mahsã nation (known as Tukano) is an indigenous activist, visual artist and feminist; studies master degree in human rights at the University of Brasilia-UnB researching about the law 11.645/08 and the inclusion of the indigenous theme in brazilian education. Initiated by her fther Doéthiro Álvaro Tukano in the Caapi (ayahuasca) ceremony, the prayer and ancestral knowledge of her people, she has porsued her spiritual path with the blessings of other nations masters. Current member at the immaterial heritage sector of the secretariat of citizenship and cultural diversity of the culture ministry – SCDC-Minc; She is correspondent on Radio Yandê: the first Indigenous brazilian web radio, following the political and cultural agenda. Apprentice in two worlds aims to collaborate in strengthening the traditional culture of her people and the celebration of indigenous identity.

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Luisa Belaunde

Luisa Elvira Belaunde has her doctoral degree from the University of London (London School of Economics). Her area of expertise is indigenous Amazonia and she is a lecturer at the Postgraduate Program in Social Anthropology (PPGAS) of the Museu Nacional, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her publications include the following monographs: Kené: arte, ciencia y tradición en diseño; El Recuerdo de Luna: género, sangre memoria entre los pueblos amazónicos; Viviendo bien: género y fertilidad entre los Airo Pai de la Amazonia Peruana.

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Germán Zuluaga

Colombian medical practitioner from Universidad del Rosario (Bogotá), has a Master’s degree in Medical Sciences and is currently PhD candidate in Epidemiology at a joint programme from Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero (México) and CIET Canada. General Director of the Grupo de Estudios en Sistemas Tradicionales de Salud (Research Group on Traditional Health Systems) at the Universidad del Rosario School of Medicine, and Chief Manager of the Centro de Estudios Médicos Interculturales —CEMI— (Intercultural Medical Studies Centre) an NGO that pursues community projects towards the definition of an intercultural health policy. Dr Zuluaga combines academic, scientific and administrative activities with general practice in his private office in the municipality of Cota, Cundinamarca. Author of many books and scientific papers, his approach seeks the encounter of Western Medicine with the Indigenous, Afroamerican and rural traditional health systems, as well as research on Ethnobotany and Medical Botany. He has contributed to the definition and adoption of new ethical criteria for research with communities based on intercultural dialogue. In recent works he proposes challenging concepts such as legal pluralism; defends the notion of epistemological diversity and proposes a new epidemiology applied to traditional knowledge.

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Luís Fernando Tófoli

Luís Fernando Tófoli is professor of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. He heads the Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Studies on Psychoactive Substances and is a member of the State Council on Drug Policies of São Paulo. He is responsible for a research group on ayahuasca at UNICAMP and has recently published on the field of drug policies and the therapeutic use of psychedelics, especially ayahuasca.

Moacir

Moacir Biondo

Moacir Tadeu Biondo is 58 years old, from São Paulo, and a technical expert in medicinal plants at the Faculty of Medicine, Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM). He is a self-taught researcher who has lived for 37 years in the Amazon region. He established a system that organizes community knowledge called “Knowledge Landscape”, which is recognized by the Brazilian Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN) as a contribution to the Intangible Heritage of medicinal plants in the Amazon (www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uH2XqTb6kg). For ten years he has presented the “Herbs and Plants” program on the Amazonsat channel (http://www.amazonsat.com.br), where he examines the properties of medicinal plants and combines popular knowledge of the forest and science. He is also affiliated to the Beneficent Spiritist Center União Do Vegetal (CEBUDV), known as UDV, which he has attended for 31 years.

Jeffrey Bronfman

Jeffrey Bronfman

Jeffrey Bronfman is a member of the ICEERS Ayahuasca Defense Fund’s steering committee (www.ayahuascadefense.com). He was the lead plaintiff and legal strategist in the União Do Vegetal’s successful legal action to secure its right to the religious use of it’s sacrament, Hoasca, in the United States. He also participated in the detailed negotiations with the Drug Enforcement Administration (the drug control authorities in the United States) resulting in a successful protocol for the government licensed importation, storage and distribution for the ritual use of the Hoasca tea.

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Carlos Suárez

Carlos Suárez Álvarez is an ethnographic researcher, writer and filmmaker focused on Amazon indigenous cultures and their position in globalization processes. He completed his MA in Amazon Studies with Honors, at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and also holds a journalism degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. He is the author of a multimedia documentary, Ayahuasca, Iquitos and Monster Vorāx, and a novel, Ayahuasca, Amor y Mezquindad, and has published numerous ethnographic chronicles on different ayahuasca traditions in various publications in Spain and across Latin America. Since 2007 he has been living in Leticia, on the Colombian banks of the Amazon river.

Draulio

Draulio de Araujo

Draulio Barros de Araujo is a professor of neuroimaging at the Brain Institute (UFRN), Natal, Brazil. In recent years his research has focused on using functional neuroimaging methods (EEG and fMRI) to investigate the acute and lasting effects of Ayahuasca. His research group has also been studying the antidepressant potencial of Ayahuasca.

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Rafael Guimarães dos Santos

He has a Undergraduate Senior Thesis in Biology by the University Center of Brasília (2005), a Masters in Psychology by the University of Brasília (2006), and a Ph.D. Thesis in Pharmacology by the Autonomics University of Barcelona, Spain (2012). He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Neuroscience and Behavior – Ribeirão Preto Medical School – University of São Paulo. Researcher of psychoactive substances in general, with an emphasis in the study of the Ethnobotany, Pharmacology, Ethnopharmacology, Psychopharmacology and Neuropsychopharmacology of the hallucinogenic substances, especially ayahuasca and cannabis. Acts maily in the following topics: hallucinogens, ayahuasca, cannabis, cannabinoids, cannabidiol, psychopharmacology.

Ken

Kenneth W. Tupper

Kenneth W. Tupper is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, where his research interests include: psychedelic studies; the cross-cultural and historical uses of psychoactive substances; public, professional and school-based drug education; and creating healthy public policy to maximize benefits and minimize harms from currently illegal drugs. Kenneth’s doctoral research developed the concept of “entheogenic education,” a potential theoretical frame for understanding how psychedelic plants and substances—in particular the Amazonian brew ayahuasca—can function as cognitive tools for learning.

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Constanza Sánchez

Constanza Sánchez Avilés is a political scientist and holds a PhD in International Relations and International Law. Her work focuses on political economy of illicit drugs, transnational organized crime and national and international drug policies, issues on which she has published several papers and book chapters. From 2007 to 2013 she worked at the Department of International Law and International Relations at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She has been visiting scholar at the University of Miami (2010), the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego (2012) and Research Assistant at the Global Drug Policy Observatory at Swansea University (2013). She did fieldwork on drug policies in Peru, the United States, Mexico and the US-Mexican border and collaborates with several drug policy research institutions. At ICEERS, she is the coordinator of the Policy, Law and Human Rights Dept. and coordinates the ADF (www.ayahuascadefense.com).

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Beatriz Caiuby Labate

Beatriz Caiuby Labate has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of psychoactive substances, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is Visiting Professor at the Center for Research and Post Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), in Guadalajara, Mexico. She is also co-founder of the Nucleus for Interdisciplinary Studies of Psychoactives (NEIP), and editor of NEIP’s website (http://www.neip.info). She is author, co-author, and co-editor of fourteen books, one special-edition journal, and several peer-reviewed articles. For more information, see: http://bialabate.net/

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José Carlos Bouso

José Carlos Bouso is Clinical Psychologist and PhD in Pharmacology. He has studied the long-term effects of substances such as cannabis, cocaine and ayahuasca, as well as studies of acute effects of different drugs of natural and synthetic origin. He has also done research on the therapeutic uses of MDMA (ecstasy). He is currently Director of Scientific Projects at the ICEERS Foundation where conducts studies on long term effects of ayahuasca, the therapeutic effects of cannabis and the anti-addictive potential of ibogaine.

Fericgla

Josep Mª Fericgla

Josep Mª Fericgla was born in Barcelona in 1955. BA in Geography and History and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Barcelona (UB ). He also attended advanced studies in Psychology, Music and Dramatic Art . Specialist in Cognitive Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Ethnopsychology, shamanism, states of expanded consciousness and Anthropology of aging. He has conducted field studies in Turkish Kurdistan, in the Moroccan Maghreb, Catalunya and from 1991 to 2009 in the Upper Amazon of Ecuador. He has been a tenured professor at the University of Salamanca and in Barcelona. He is the founder and director of the Applied Societat d’Ethnopsychology (Sd’EA) and chairs the Josep Mª Fericgla Foundation.

Jacobo

Santiago López-Pavillard

Santiago López-Pavillard is a cultural anthropologist, he received his PhD from Complutense University of Madrid. He coordinates de Working Group Anthropology of Religion and Spirituality (ARESIMA), of the Madrilenian Institute of Anthropology, and chairs the Eleusis Association, for the investigation and dissemination of information related to the expanded states of consciousness. He is also a founding member and secretary of the Platform for the Defence of Ayahuasca (PDA), known as the ‘Plantaforma’, a non-profit organization that arose from the alliance of different ayahuasquero’s ways of working with the plant in Spain. He is working since 1985 as an audiovisual librarian at the Spanish Public Television (TVE). He has conducted fieldwork in Spain, Perú, and Ecuador.

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Benjamin De Loenen

Benjamin De Loenen studied audiovisual media and communication in The Netherlands, where he graduated with honors in his Masters with his documentary “Ibogaine-Rite of Passage” (2004), a film that would become a world reference about this subject matter until today. Benjamin worked as a film director and editor in the field of television, documentary, publicity and fiction from 2004-2010 while he traveled the world as public speaker about iboga and ayahuasca. He organized the International Ibogaine conference at the Catalan Health Ministry, gave courses about ibogaine for health professionals and government agencies such as the Portuguese Governmental institution SICAD and served the Board of Directors of the Global Ibogaine Therapist Alliance. Since the production of his film he has been very dedicated to the advancement of ibogaine and ayahuasca as therapeutic and personal development tools in contemporary society. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service.

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Juan de la Cal

Juan Carlos de la Cal is a journalist working for large media companies for almost 30 years (El Caso, Panorama, Interviu, El Mundo, etc.). He has traveled to over 60 countries and collaborated with various NGOs and environmental organizations. He has received various prizes for his media reports for the defense of human rights. His relationship with ayahuasca started at the end of the 1980s during a trip to the Brazilian Amazon, where he got in touch with the syncretic churches. He later founded, along with his colleagues, the Spanish Santo Daime church CEFLURISE, legally registered in the Ministry of Justice. He is currently vice-president. He is also founding member and vice-president of the PLANTAFORMA for the Defense of Ayahuasca, a non-profit organization started 5 years ago out of an alliance of various ayahuasqueros in Spain.

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Edilsom Fernandes

Edilson Fernandes da Silva, 54, the youngest child of nine children, was born in 1961 in Resplendor, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is married and has a 21-year-old daughter. He was a naval marine from 1979 to 1983 and is now in the reserve. He has an incomplete university degree in physics from the Federal University of Rondônia. He worked in the area of IT in TOPCOM – Technology & Computers, in Ji-Paraná, in the state of Rondônia. Since 1985 he has worked with ayahuasca, first in the União do Vegetal (UDV) until 1989, and then in the Manuel Araújo Barquinha until 2000, when he established an independent religious centre, the House of Jesus Regeneration Centre and Frei Manuel Home (Centro de Regeneração Casa de Jesus e Lar de Frei Manuel – CRE), a church belonging to the line of Daniel Pereira de Mattos, or the Barquinha line, located in Ji-Paraná, of which he is currently president. He works in a project of the Cultural Association and the Development of the Released Convicts (ACUDA), which aims to re-socialize convicts through various therapies such as Gestalt, Transformative Theatre, Family Constellations, massage therapy, Ayurvedic medicine, Enneagram, Philosophy, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), as well as workshops and various courses. Since 2013, CRE has received convicts in its religious ceremonies with Daime. This is the only part of the ACUDA project which takes place outside the prisons as the temple is located 390 km away. This pioneering initiative has received attention from media inside and outside Brazil.

Gillian

Gillian Maxwell

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Gillian Maxwell is an experienced coach and facilitator, public speaker, and knowledge exchange broker, committed to transformation in individuals and organisations.   Formerly a co-founder and executive member of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC), whose mission is to reform drug policies nationally and internationally, she is now a member of the Board of Directors for MAPS Canada (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies). Gillian is a proud recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service in introducing harm reduction to Vancouver and advocating for INSITE, North America’s first supervised injection site. Gillian has been a member of the Vancouver Police Board and a Trustee of AIDS Vancouver, and during the 2010 Winter Olympics she brought SafeGames2010, a large-scale harm reduction initiative, to Vancouver’s Olympic celebrations. Gillian understands that plant medicines play a vital role in our ability to develop an authentic presence in the world that values love and compassion above all else. She has extensive experience over a decade of being in ceremonial circles, and brings this depth of knowledge, along with innate intuition and wisdom to her work as an Integration Coach where she helps people interpret peak and cathartic experiences to bring clarity, and integrate what they learned. Through her vast network established over many years of social activism and community work, Gillian Maxwell knows how to translate important ideas into significant action. She is the link between the individuals, the organisations and the decision makers who need to come together to effect change in the world.

JerónimoMazarrasa

Jerónimo Mazarrasa

Jerónimo Mazarrasa is a documentary filmmaker, independent researcher, and interaction designer with extensive knowledge of the world of Ayahuasca. In the past decade he has produced, written and directed two documentaries about ayahuasca. The first about the Brazilian Ayahuasca churches, the second about the use of Ayahuasca in the treatment of drug addiction. He has traveled extensively through South America, researching a broad range of Ayahuasca practices, and has lectured internationally on Ayahuasca tourism and the appropriation of indigenous knowledge. He keeps a blog, curates a page of ayahuasca related news, and is currently preparing a book about his experiences. He currently serves the ICEERS Foundation as Secretary of the Board of Directors.

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Edward MacRae

Edward MacRae was born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1946. He holds a degree in social psychology from the University of Sussex, UK, a master’s degree in Sociology of Latin American , from the University of Essex, UK  and a doctorate in social anthropology from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Since 1987 he has been researching drug issues,  in the Federal Universities  of São Paulo and Bahia. He has been a member of The São Paulo State Drug Council and of the  National Council for Drug Policy. He was one of the coordinators of the Multidisciplinary Work Group set up to regulate the religious use of ayahuasca in Brazil.Presently he is associate professor of the postgraduate programmes in anthropology and in social sciences at the Federal University of Bahia.He is also associate researcher at the Centre for the Study and therapy for drug Abuse at the Federal University of Bahia.

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Marc Aixalà

Studied Telecommunication Engineering and while doing his final project in Perú got interested in the use of ethnobotanical tools as self-actualization and psychotherapeutic agents. This led him to study Psychology at Universitat de Barcelona and to get trained in Transpersonal Psychology and Holotropic Breathwork at Grof Transpersonal Training. He is interested in the development of protocols to use non ordinary states of consciousness as a psychotherapeutic and self-development tool in an ethical and effective way, in the context of the western culture. He is currently the coordinator of the ICEERS Help Center (www.helpcenter.iceers.org) and works as a facilitator of altered states of consciousness by Holotropic Breathwork.

Jair Facundes

Jair Araújo Facundes

Federal judge. Master in Law and Society, member of the Multidisciplinary Working Group – MWG of the National Council for Public Policies on Drugs – CONAD, under the Ministry of Justice, which resulted in Resolution 1/2010 Conad, which regulates the religious use of ayahuasca in Brazil. Member of the Working Group “New Scenarios for Drug Policy in Brazil” the National Policy on Drugs of the Ministry of Justice.

Jean Langdon

Esther Jean Langdon

Esther Jean Langdon retired as full professor in the Graduate Program in Anthropology at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in 2014 and currently teaches and advises students as a voluntary professor. She is a CNPq researcher (level 1B) and is coordinator of the National Institute of Research: Brazil Plural – IBP (CNPq/INCT). Receiving her doctoral degree from Tulane University (US) in 1974, she has conducted research on shamanism, anthropology of health, oral literature, cosmology and performance. Since her arrival in Brazil in 1983, she has accompanied the development of the field of anthropology of health with particular emphasis on Indian health and public policy. Her articles and books are published throughout the Americas and Europe, the most recent include Negociaciones de lo Oculto: Chamanismo, Família y Medicina entre los Siona del bajo Putumayo (Editora Universidad del Cauca, Colômbia) and Saúde Indígena e Políticas Comparadas na América Latina (co-edited with Marina D. Cardoso, Editora UFSC/IBP).

Enio Staub

Enio Staub

Enio Staub was born in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in 1956. He is a journalist and filmmaker. He is founder and director of the Ecovila São José in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, affiliated to the ICEFLU (Church of Eclectic Worship of the Flowing Universal Light—Sebastião Mota de Melo, Patron), and to the Itzachilatlan Sacred Fire of Brazil. In the last thirteen years, he has made several spiritual alliances with traditional peoples in Brazil, Latin America and Africa.

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Deyvesson Gusmão

He specializes in cultural policies of Culture and Communication Elias Mansour Foundation and, since 2009, has served as Superintendent of the Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute – IPHAN in Acre.

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Solon Brito do Nascimento

Born in Rio Branco, Acre in the community of Alto Santo in the year 1967, son of Luiz Mendes do Nascimento and Rizelda de Brito Nascimento. He holds a  Geography degree from the Federal University of Acre and is a specialist in psychopedagogy. He is currently Vice President of the Eclectic Centre Illuminated Lotus Flower -CEFLI, located in the San Gabriel Settlement, Fortaleza Community, in the Municipality of Capixaba, Acre.

Jacques Mabit

Jacques Mabit

Jacques Mabit first came to Peru in 1980 with the Medecins Sans Frontieres Organization as an M.D., specialist in tropical disease and natural medicines. He was honored as an honorary professor for the Southern Scientific University of Lima, honorary member of the Peruvian Association of Psychologists, and as a fellow for the Ashoka Foundation. From 1986 onwards, he has been developing participative and auto-experimental research on traditional medicines and especially Amazonian medicines. These investigations led him to define an original therapeutic protocol for drug addiction treatment. In 1992, he founded the Takiwasi Center in upper Peruvian Amazonia to initialize the first pilot experiment of this treatment. The Takiwasi Center welcomes drug-addicted residents from Peru, Latin America and Europe. This model has also been implemented in other countries and has been applied to other pathologies. Jacques Mabit has made numerous public statements on the subject through publications, conferences, and other media.

Benedicto

Kumú Benedicto Mejía

Born in 1961 in the Colombian Amazon Basin, (Vaupés department), Benedicto belongs to the Tatuyo People, from the Tukano Oriental macro-linguistics family. He speaks fluently almost seven languages besides his own. He is one of the last specialists of the culture (shamans) of the Tukano Oriental cultural complex with skills in various specialties: kumú, dancer, narrator/historian, sacred instruments player, prayer/healer, as well as skilled hunter and fisher according to ancestral rules and traditional tools. He is married to María Luisa Ardila, father of nine children and grandfather of two. Benedicto has been in many occasions chief at the Puerto Nariño community where he lives. Benedicto travels on behalf of the Association of Traditional Authorities Yapú area, known by the acronym ASATRIZY, and the Union of Knowledgeable of Culture Yuruparí. He was founder of the UMIYAC —Union of Indigenous Yage Healers in the Amazon Piedmont— along with 40 shamans and integrated from the beginning the Support Committee in representation of his people, until he understood that they needed to trace their own way to defend, recuperate and strengthen the Tukano Oriental culture in the Amazon plain in Vaupés. For that reason he has worked eagerly towards the union and organization of the seven communities in the Yapú region according to the legal instruments that the Colombian legislation has adopted to protect Indigenous Peoples. Accordingly, he led the creation of the Association of Traditional Indigenous Authorities —Asatrizy—, and was leader in the conformation of the Asatrizy Union of Cultural Specialists (shamans) —Kumua Yoamara—. Benedicto has also led the works that gave birth to an authentic Life Plan that is currently being developed. He took an active role in the diagnostics, design and implementation of the Majírike ethno-education model that won a Presidential prize and is nowadays example for the Indigenous Peoples in Colombia, and also led the formulation and writing of the Traditional Territory Management Regime that served as groundwork of the Environmental Agenda for the Yapú regions and example for the other regions in the Vaupés jungles.

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Thiago Martins e Silva

Thiago Martins e Silva was born in Brasilia, and has lived in Acre since 2006. He is trained as a Forest Engineer (UNB – 2005), Permaculture designer (Ipoema – 2006), and Medicinal Plants Specialist (UFLA – 2008), and he is currently pursuing a Master’s in Ecology and Natural Resource Management (UFAC – 2015). He has worked at the State Forests Secretariat – SEF (Acre) and at the Institute of Environmental of Acre – IMAC, where he contributed, from start to finish, to the joint resolution CEMACT / CFE № 004/2010, which regulates the logging, collection and transport of the species Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis. He is a Criminal Expert of PC/AC and of the DFNSP. He is Vice-president of the Maria Marques Vieira Illuminated Lotus Flower Eclectic Center (CEFLIMMAVI), based in the Vila Irineu Serra, in Rio Branco, Acre. He is also councilor of the Ayahuasca Cultures Thematic Chamber of Rio Branco and lead councilor for the Raimundo Irineu Serra Environmental Protection Area Chamber. Over the past 12 years, he has dedicated himself to planting jagube (Banisteriopsis caapi) and chacrona (Psychotria viridis).

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Vera Fróes Fernandes

Vera Fróes Fernandes is a historian at the Federal University of Acre (UFAC), specializing in ethnobotanic at National Botanical Research Institute (N.B.R.I), Lucknow, India, and post graduate degree in Innovation Management in Phytomedicine of the Brazilian Biodiversity, by Fiocruz.Vice president of the Institute for Environmental  and Cultural  Studies (IECAM) and coordinator of environmental projects in the Amazon. She met the Santo Daime in 1978 in Acre. Currently attends at Flor da Montanha Church, Lumiar, Rio de Janeiro. She wrote one of the first books on the Santo Daime, “Santo Daime – “Santo Daime – Cultura Amazônica – História do Povo Juramidam” (Juárez, 1986). Collaborated in the book  “A Arte de Partejar – mito e mistério do nascimento na luz do Santo Daime”  (Primo, 2015), of Adelise Monteiro, pediatrician, psychiatrist, and daimista. Creator of Viridis Natural Products.

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Joan Manel Vilaseca

Joan Manel Vilaseca graduated at the Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya (ESCAC) in 1998, specializing in film editing. Since then he has worked as an editor in many fiction, documentary and other feature film formats for both cinema and television, including critical and public successes. From 2002 he started to give classes in the superior cycle at ESCAC, where he continues teaching today. His parallel interest in ethnobotany, psychology and physiology of perception took him to collaborate with ICEERS in the audiovisual department, where he organised the Film Forum in the first World Ayahuasca Conference.

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Rosa Amelia Giove Nakazawa

Rosa Amelia Giove Nakazawa is a physician graduated from the Peruvian Cayetano Heredia University (Lima). She lives in Tarapoto, an Amazonian city in the highlands of northeastern Peru, where she leads a regular medical practice and orients community health, as well as research on local ethno-medicinal resources for day-to-day health care. As a co-founder of the Takiwasi Center for Rehabilitation of Drug Addicts and Research on Traditional Medicines, she is responsible for the biomedical care of patients at Takiwasi, facilitates therapeutic session with psychoactive plants, and psychotherapy workshops for residents of the Center. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health and Epidemiology from the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Peru), as well as further postgradual studies and she is currently training in Systemic Family Constellations and Jungian Analytical Psychology. She has been teaching at the Nacional Mayor de San Marcos University (Lima) and at the César Vallejo University (Tarapoto), and worked with inmates suffering from addictions in the Penintentiary Institute Pampas of Sananguillo. She authored two books evaluating the therapeutic protocol of the Takiwasi Center, numerous articles on Traditional Amazonian Medicine, and developed the dossier which allowed the Declaration of the Ritual Use of Ayahuasca as a Cultural Heritage of Peru in 2008.

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Jose Oliveira Muniz

Jose Oliveira Muniz was born in Tarauacá/AC, in the rubber plantation Restoration, on 26 October 1957. He is the son of José Martins de Oliveira and Aurea Muniz de Oliveira, is currently married to Leoni Fatima Pithan Dill and father Ediane, Ari, Amanda. At 12 years old, he left the plantation and moved to Tarauacá with his parents, working in the colony with her father. At 18 came alone to Rio Branco, living in the neighborhood Aeroporto Velho, first working as a bricklayer, and after went to work at City Hall (IPTU Sector), then he went to the post office in SEDEX sector. After leaving the post office set up his own business a pharmacy, drugstore Muniz located in Sobral neighbourhood. On October 26, 1996, he founded the philanthropic non-profit organization “Associação Beneficente Caminho de Luz”. The association is dedicated to support people with difficulties related to drug use

Leonardo

Leonardo Lessin

Academic and private interests of Leonardo Lessin are anthropological research on the point of mythological, cosmological and shamanic view of the Amazon Amerindian. Obtained his doctorate in 2010, Paulista State University (UNESP), with a thesis on the shamanic complex political Ashaninka and their relationship with environmental sustainability. Currently he is a professor at the Federal University of Acre (UFAC) and continues his research on mythology, shamanism and cosmopolitics in other Amazonian ethnic groups located in Acre.

Andrea

Andrea Martini

Andrea Martini is an anthropologist. Since 1994 collaborates with the Amazonian indigenous representatives and organizations, initially through academic research, especially in the states of Acre and Amazonas, Brazil. Since 2009 teaches the course “Indigenous Degree” from the Federal University of Acre, Forest Campus, in South Acre Cruzeiro. Coordinated the preliminary phase of the process of patrimonialization of the ritual use of ayahuasca in Brazil known as Inventário Nacional de Referências Culturais (INRC) conducted through the Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage. Participates and leads the Research Group YURA-Politics and Poetics Indigenous (CNPQ), based in UFAC-Forest.

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Jaco Cesar Piccoli

Philosopher and anthropologist. He is a teacher and researcher at the Federal University of Acre (UFAC) since 1980. Conducted graduate studies in philosophy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana (1977), specialization in Archaeology and Anthropology at the Federal University of Paraná (1979), Master of Arts/Linguistics the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (1982) and gat his PhD in Social Sciences at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (1993). He was Dean of Planning/PROPLAN-UFAC (1998-2000) and Director of the Center Philosophy and Humanities/CFCH-UFAC (2007-2015). It is currently the Coordinator of the Center of Archaeology and Anthropology Indigenous Western Amazon (CAAINAM / UFAC). He served as an advisor in the fields of health and indigenous organization. Developed and conducts studies and research in the following areas: anthropology, culture and development; Brazilian indigenous policy; socioenvironmentalism and social movements in the Amazon; cultural policy; indigenous territories and economic, environmental and socio-cultural impacts on the border Brazil-Peru-Bolivia.

Fernando

Fernando Peres Peixoto

Philosopher and anthropologist. He is a teacher and researcher at the Federal University of Acre (UFAC) since 1980. Conducted graduate studies in philosophy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana (1977), specialization in Archaeology and Anthropology at the Federal University of Paraná (1979), Master of Arts/Linguistics the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (1982) and gat his PhD in Social Sciences at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (1993). He was Dean of Planning/PROPLAN-UFAC (1998-2000) and Director of the Center Philosophy and Humanities/CFCH-UFAC (2007-2015). It is currently the Coordinator of the Center of Archaeology and Anthropology Indigenous Western Amazon (CAAINAM / UFAC). He served as an advisor in the fields of health and indigenous organization. Developed and conducts studies and research in the following areas: anthropology, culture and development; Brazilian indigenous policy; socioenvironmentalism and social movements in the Amazon; cultural policy; indigenous territories and economic, environmental and socio-cultural impacts on the border Brazil-Peru-Bolivia.

Mariana

Mariana Ciavatta Pantoja

Mariana Ciavatta Pantoja was born in São Paulo and grew up in Rio de Janeiro. Coming from an anthropological research experience with the southern farmers, the impact of contact with the Alto Juruá region (Acre), in the 90 years, definitely led to Amazon. In 2001 he received his doctorate from the University of Campinas (Unicamp) with a work (awarded and published) on the story of a family of indigenous descent incorporated into rubber plantations company (Os Milton: cem anos de história nos seringais, Rio Branco, Edufac, 2008). Since 2005 teaches as an anthropology professor at the Federal University of Acre (UFAC), and its main geographical area of interest and research remains the Alto Juruá, which has invested in issues such as ethnicity, territoriality, agroecology and social cartography.

Fatima

Maria de Fátima H. de Almeida Ramos

Graduated in History at the Federal University of Acre (UFAC), Specialist in Social and Economic History of Brazil with Master in History from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE). She has professional experience as a journalist, indigenist, Heritage Coordinator in the former Acre Cultural Foundation, retired as Technical Educator in the Ministry of Education and professor at the State schools. She was also an activist in artistic-cultural areas. She participated in Santo Daime’s rituals from 1977 to 1987 when she worked as research assistant with Clodomir Monteiro for her Masters at university about Santo Daime.

Alhena

Alhena Caicedo Fernández

PhD in social anthropology and ethnology of the EHESS France. Assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Los Andes, Colombia, and member of the Center of Latin American Thought RaizAL. Her research has focused on the issue of expansion of yaje field in Latin America, the reconfiguration of yaje shamanisms, patrimonialization processes and social uses of traditional medicines. Among his most recent publications is the book The radical alterity who heals. Yaje neoshamanisms in Colombia (Universidad de los Andes, 2015).

Carlos Lleneras

Carlos Llerena Chaves

Peruvian vegetalista. He was born in Iquitos in 1978, from a Shipibo mother and a mestizo father. His maternal grandfather was a Yaguas healer who lived in Maniti, a small village nearby. In 1980, the family moved to Pucallpa, where at the age of 17, Carlos met a great Shipibo teacher who taught him how to use medicinal plants for healing for more then 4 years. Carlos further continued to learn from several other teachers throughout the Ucayali region of Peru. He currently lives in Tarapoto, Peru, and works both with national and international patients.

Clodomir Monteiro

Clodomir Monteiro da Silva

Clodomir Monteiro da Silva was born in Marilia, SP, in 1939. He graduated in Theology, Literature and Philosophy. Lawyer and Post Graduate in Sociology and Politics (São Paulo – USP). He conducted pioneering research on the Cult of the Santo Daime. Master by the Federal University of Pernambuco with the dissertation The Juramidã Palace. Doctoral student at the Catholic University of São Paulo. Professor at the Federal University of Acre – UFAC. He participated as a speaker at the symposium Shamanism and the Use of plants of the Genus Banisteriopsis and its Additives. Interdisciplinary approach, organized by anthropologist Luis Eduardo Luna within the 45th International Congress of Americanists, in Bogota, July 1-7, 1985; Consultant of the National Narcotics Council in order to regulate the Religious Use of Ayahuasca in Brazil 1987-88. He participated in the organizing committee and director of the First International Congress of Ayahuasca Acre in UFAC. He participated in several Congresses Health of the UDV since 1991.

Sia

SIÃ KAXINAWA

Sia Kaxinawa is a Hunikuin, born in Fortaleza, in the headwaters of the Jordan River, in the State of Acre, Brazil. Founder of União das Nações Indígenas (UNI/AC) and ASKARJ, organizations dedicated to the struggle of the peoples of the rainforest and the indigenous rights movement, he coordinated the Organization of Indigenous Peoples of Juruá Valley. In 1996, aged 32, he assumed the leadership of the Hunikuin of the Upper Jordan and Tarauacá as shaneibu. In January 2005, he was elected vice-mayor of Jordan, Acre. He is co-founder and permanent member of the International Human Rights Council (IHRC) as well as of Forefront International Council Leader’s.

Jose de Lima

JOSÉ DE LIMA KAXINAWÁ (YUBE)

Hunikuin people – Tarauacá, Acre, Brasil. Indigenous Agroforestry Agent. Indigenous filmmaker. Took part in indigenous film festivals in the US, Germany, Mexico and Bolivia. Awards: Belo Horizonte ForumDoc Documentary Festival, Brazil (2006); Golden Armadillo – Bahia Cinema Festival (2008); Silver Armadillo – Bahia Cinema Festival (2009); Secretary of AMAAIAC (Association Movement of Indigenous Agroforestry Agents of Acre) from 2002 to 2008. Since 2011 Advisor for Indigenous Matters for the State Government of Acre

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ANTONIO FERREIRA DA SILVA APURINÃ (YAKUTÊ)

Kangüit (Popengari) people, regionally known as the Apurinã – Amazonas, Brazil. Since 1986 employee of the Brazilian National Indigenous Association (FUNAI). Founding member of the Union of Indigenous Nations of Acre, South Amazonas and Northwest Rondonia (UNI) and Coordinator from 1987 to 1992. Director of Assistance of FUNAI from 2003 to 2005 and Head Administrator of the Rio Branco, Acre, FUNAI Regional Headquarters from 2005 to 2007. Took part in trips and events to promote the indigenous rights and peoples in Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands and Norway. Substitute for Marina Silva in the Brazilian Senate. Since 2014 elected President of the Organization of the Indigenous Peoples of Acre, Southwest Amazonas and Northwest Rondonia (OPIARA).

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LETÍCIA LUIZA YAWANAWÁ (MATSÁ)

Yawanawá people – Acre, Brazil. Coordinator of GMI/UNI. Advisor to UMIAB. National Advisor to CONSEA (National Council of Food Safety). Vice-President of CONDEF/COIAB. Advisor to the Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA). Curation Advisor to the Brazil Communication Company (EBC). Indigenous Member of the UNO Women’s Council. Member of the International Forum of Latin American Women. Took part in international events in Germany, Mexico, Colombia and South Africa. Founder and President of the Organization of Indigenous Women of Acre, South Amazonas and Northwest Rondonia (SITOAKORE).

Manoel

MANOEL GOMES KAXINAWÁ

Hunikuin people – Acre, Brazil. Administrator FUNAI, Acre, from 2003 to 2005. Founding member of UNI and Secretary and Vice-Coordinator in the administrations from 1991-1994; 1994-1997 and 1997-2001. President of OPIN (2005-2007). Founding Member of FEPHAC (Federation of the Hunikuin People of Acre). First representative of the indigenous peoples of Acre on the Council of Indigenous Policies. Candidate for State Representative. Member of the Deliberative Council of FEPHAC. Now Assessor of Indigenous Health in the Valley of Juruá, Advisor for Indigenous Policies in the Municipality of Tarauacá and Representative for Indigenous Counselling in the Municipality of Tarauacá.

Wladymyr

Wladimyr Sena Araújo

Master in Anthropology at the State University of Campinas – Unicamp and is currently pursuing a doctorate from the same institution. Author of the book Navegando sobre as Ondas do Daime: história, cosmologia e ritual da Barquinha (Editora Unicamp) and co-editor of the collection O Uso Ritual da Ayahuasca.

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SEBASTIÃO ALVES RODRIGUES MANCHINERY

Manchinery Leader. Vice President of the Chico Mendes Foundation (1990). Communications Coordinator of UNI-AC, (1992-1994); General Coordinator of the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon – COIAB (1994-1998). During this period was Vice President of the Amazon Working Group (GTA, Member of the Intersectoral Commission (CIS) FUNAI – Brasília; and joined the Working Group in Denmark and Bolivia to create the Permanent Forum of the United Nations on Indigenous Issues. Selected for the Scholarship Programme of the High Commissioner of the United Nations, 1998 – Regional Coordinator for South America in the Indigenous Knowledge Programme (CIP) , an initiative linked to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). From 1999 to 2001 Deputy Director and Head of FUNAI’s Regional Executive Management Support Service in Rio Branco. Acre General Coordinator of the Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA) from 2001 to 2005 and obtained recognition of COICA as a body with consultative status at the UN ECOSOC, in the Andean Community of Nations, in the Organization of American States (OAS), and he also reorganized COICA.

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RAIMUNDA LUIZA YAWANAWA (PUTANI)

Belongs to the Yawanawá people. Accepted as a shaman by the Pano speaking peoples in the Acre region. Was 27 when she decided to follow her vocation, and after her initiation became recognized throughout her ethnic region. Took part in various national and international cultural events. In 2006 awarded the Bertha Lutz Diploma by the Brazilian Senate.

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KÁTIA LUIZA YAWANAWA (HOSHARU)

Female leader. Along with Putani represents the female shamanism of the Yawanawá people. Artist whose production highlights the sensitive and rich Yawanawá cosmology. Her work reveals themes and symbolic elements of the mythical universe and the nature from a female perspective, reflecting the strength and energy of the spiritual culture of her people, where Huni plays a large role. Took part in numerous national and international exhibitions.

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JOAQUIM PAULO DE LIMA KAXINAWÁ (JOAQUIM MANÁ)

Hunikuin Leader, Tarauacá, Acre. Graduated in Social Sciences at the State University of Mato Grosso (UEMAT). M.A. and Ph. D. in Linguistics from the University of Brasília (UnB), the first indigenous student from the state of Acre to become a Ph. D.. Published various books in the Hantxa Kuin language. Teacher and Indigenous Education Advisor in the State Education Department (SEE) of the Acre State Government.

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NINAWÁ HUNIKUIN

Militant of the Indigenous Movement. Founding member and President of the Federation of the Hunikuin People in Acre (FEPHAC). Took part in numerous national and international events in defence of indigenous rights. Since 2014 Vice Chairman of the Organization of Indigenous Peoples of Acre, Southwest Amazonas and Northwest Rondonia (OPIARA).

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Cosmo Lima de Souza

Born at the Seringal Arapixi, Amazonas state, in 1968, he holds a law degree from the Federal University of Acre (UFAC) and a Master’s in Society and Law from the Brazilian Institute of Public Law. He was a public prosecutor, and now works as adjunct general procurer for legal matters for the Acre State Public Ministry. He participated in the Multidisciplinary Work Group (GMT) on ayahuasca for the National Council on Drug Policy (CONAD), where he served as rapporteur. He presented and defended the Regulatory Resolution for the Ritual Use of Ayahuasca before CONAD. He participated in the public hearings in the National Congress Chamber of Deputies in defense of the resolution, which regulates the ritual use of ayahuasca. He is a member of the Queen of the Forest Center in Rio Branco, a church that makes ritual use of ayahuasca in observance of the doctrine of Mestre Irineu.

Flavia

Flavia Burlamaqui

Master’s degree in Social History from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, has been a teacher in the state and local school systems, and is currently with the State Secretary’s office of management of Acre Education. Flavia has participated in the Thematic Chamber of Rio Branco Ayahuasca Culture since its creation in 2008. She was part of the team that performed the first phase of the Inventory of Cultural References of Ayahuasca, coordinated by the Institute for National Artistic and Historical Heritage (IPHAN/AC). She is a member of the Spiritual Center “Obras de Caridade Príncipe Espadarte”, of the line founded by Master Daniel Pereira de Mattos and led by Francisca Nascimento Campos, who started her spiritual journey in 1957 with the Master Daniel.

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Esther Martínez Ibars

Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. Specialist in Pediatrics and Radio-diagnosis. Homeopathy Specialist (School for Mexico and the European School of Homeopathy). Relationship with ayahuasca through Santo Daime: 1st Coordinator (“Commander”) in Catalonia (Spain), for 5 years. Part of the directory of the 1st Association of Members of Santo Daime Church in Catalonia. Organizer of the 1st European Meeting of Associations of Members of Santo Daime Church, held in Girona. President of the European Association of Daime (Cefluris) for two years. For 13 years she has made annual trips to Mapiá with Santo Daime, practicing as a volunteer physician in their small hospital. Her informal training in Gestalt Psychotherapy is linked to Claudio Naranjo.

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Ana Maria de Lima Souza

PhD in Psychology from the University of Sao Paulo (USP). Associate Professor at the Federal University of Rondônia since 1983. She has experience in academic administration, teaching, research and extension. Teaches in the graduate program at the Centre for Human Sciences and at the Centre for Health in the master program of academic psychology, also in the professional master program for Health Science Education. Researcher at the Centre of Research for Education of the Person (Cepefop / Unir). She arrived at the União do Vegetal in 1970. Since 1978, she has been a member of the Body of Council at Nucleo Mestre Gabriel.

Luis Felipe

Luís Felipe Belmonte dos Santos

Born August 1, 1953, in Santa Cruz do Sul in the state of Rio Grande do Sul (RS), he has lived in Brasilia since July 1971. Profession: Attorney with graduate studies in Civil Procedural Law. Principal Positions held: Attorney in the division of litigation at the Central Bank of Brazil. Adviser to the vice-presidency of the Senate. Head of the legal department at Embrater. Head of the Legal department of Siderbrás. Present Activity:Principal of the company Luis Felipe Belmonte e Advogados Associados. Active in the area of civil construction. Principal Positions held in the União do Vegetal:Central Mestre of four regions. Representative Mestre of the General Headquarters. Mestre General Representative of the institution. In 1985, on behalf of Beneficent Spiritist Center União do Vegetal, he was the subscriber in the petition for the legalized use of the Hoasca tea (Ayauhuasca) before the Federal Narcotics Council. Accompanied and participated until the authorization decision and legalization of the use. In 1988, he was the subscriber to the second request to keep the use of tea legalized as well as other subsequent procedures.

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Edson Lodi

Journalist and writer; author of the books of poems, “Travessia” and “A Graça de Maria” and the chronicle, “Estrela da Minha Vida,” in which he recounts some of his experiences with the Hoasca tea and with other hoasqueiros leaders. Author of the historical account “Relicário – Imagens do Sertão” (Reliquary – images from the hinterlands) a biography of the first photographer of the UDV, responsible for most of the photos taken of Mestre Gabriel. In the second part of this book the author depicts how music was introduced into the ritual of the UDV, and includes an inventory of the songs used by Mestre Gabriel. Since the 90’s, he has participated in the process of institutionalization of the Hoasca tea and contributed to the development and approval of the Letter of Principles of the Religious Entities Users of the Ayahuasca Tea, in Rio Branco, Acre. He was Vice-Chairman of the Multidisciplinary Working Group on Ayahuasca (GMT) established by Resolution No. 5 – Conad, published in D.O.U (Diario Oficial da Uniao) on 10/11/2004. Since 1976 he has participated in the activities of the UDV. He held the positions of Chairman of the General Directorate, Representative Mestre, Mestre Central and Mestre Assistant-General.

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Geovânia Corrêa Barros

Geovânia Corrêa Barros is originally from Maranhão State -Brasil. Bachelor in Social Sciences at Federal University of Campina Grande, Paraiba. Master in Political Sociology at Federal University of Santa Catarina and PhD in Social Sciences at Federal University of Campina Grande. Currently living in Rio Branco, she has been living and experiencing ayahuaca in the local communities since 1985. Geovania has been teaching, sociology  at public schools and  working as professor at Federal University of Acre, Her main research field is Society & religion the institutionals dimentions, representations and ritualistics of religious practices, Cultural Patrimonial, political relations and popular cultural expressions.

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ANTÔNIO ALVES

Born in Brasileia (AC) in 1956, was raised in Rio Branco. He was a journalist but Daime “has cured him”. He took ayahuasca for the first time in 1982. In 1984, he became a member of Alto Santo.

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Rosana Martins de Oliveira

Historian, graduated at Federal University of Acre (UFAC). History teacher for UFAC in the chairs of American History and Medieval History. Masters in Brazilian History by Federal University of Pernambuco, with her work title being “Of Leaf and Vine is made San Francisco’s Chapel: popular religion in Rio Branco – Acre. Entered the Spiritual Center and The Praying Cult “House of Jesus – Light Source” in 1996, where she has been contributing as a volunteer for researches at Memorial Daniel Pereira de Mattos.

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Onides Bonaccorsi Queiroz

Articulator at Ayahuasca Thematic Camera in Rio Branco (AC). Ayahuasca taker since 1996. Born in Curitiba (PR), lives in Rio Branco since 2010. She’s an associated member (“fardada”) at Ciclujur (Center of Christian Illumination Universal Light Juramidã) of Master Raimundo Irineu Serra’s direct line. Delegate of the Sectorial of Immaterial Patrimony of Acre at National Counsel of Culture Politics (CNPC). Counselor at Aparis (Environmental Protection Area Raimundo Irineu Serra), in Rio Branco. Journalist, writer and storyteller. Author of a literary blog called Verbo de Ligação (Linking Verb) (verbodeligacao.wordpress.com.br)

Francisco Costa

Francisco Costa do Nascimento

Born in 1958, Francisco is a lawyer and has a degree in Portuguese Language. Legal Attorney at Institute of Lands of Acre (Iteracre). He’s a member of Ciclu (Center of Christian Illumination Universal Light/Alto Santo) since he was a child.

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Ladislau Nogueira

Born in Sena Madureira (AC), he’s arrived at the spiritual house of Master Raimundo Irineu Serra in 1967, with 19 years. With the incentive of Master Irineu, he got back to his studies, which he had abandoned. He has graduated in Economy and Law and was a legal analyst at Federal Justice. He presides Ciclujur (Center of Christian Illumination Universal Light Juramidã), in Rio Branco.

Maria Gomes

Maria Gomes Pimentel

Retired teacher. Born in 1950, got to Master Irineu’s doctrine in 1967 and spent some time just observing, without in taking Daime, because she was underage. She’s a member of Center of Christian Illumination Universal Light/Alto Santo (Ciclu).

Antonio Alves

Antônio Rodrigues de Araújo

Born in 1965. Got to Master Irineu’s doctrine in 1981, along with his parents. Works as a contractor. He’s a member of Center of Christian Illumination Universal Light/Alto Santo (Ciclu).

Hildo

Hildo Cezar Freire Montysuma

Pedagogue, 45 years old, graduated at Federal University of Acre (UFAC); Philosophy and Sociology teacher for the public school of State of Acre; presently doing a master program in Education, registered in the research line Trainning and Faculty Work at the Arts & Languages Center of UFAC. Responds for the Board of Directors of Education Municipal Secretary in Rio Branco (Seme) since 2013. Got in touch with ayahuasca alongside the Indians and attends to Spiritual Center and The Praying Cult “House of Jesus – Light Source”, created by Mestre Daniel Pereira de Matos.

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Silvio Francisco Lima Margarido

Born in Rio Branco, Acre, in September 1960. Percussionist, he is active in the cultural movement since the 80’s. Researcher at the Department of Historical Heritage in Acre, he was responsible for the registration and vídeo documentation of many activities such as popular culture, indigenous cultures and arts. With a brief contact with journalism, hes been committed to audiovisual production for about 30 years. He got to Mestre Daniel’s mission in 1992 and has been following the spiritual works at Spiritual Center and The Praying Cult “House of Jesus – Light Source” since; has been working in the research and maintenance of Memorial House Daniel Pereira de Mattos. He is the co-author and collaborator on the production of 2 albums, written, edited and published by the Memorial. Graduated in filmmaking and digital media in 2014 at IESB (Brasília – DF), he is now finishing the production of a TV series and a feature film on the memories and stories of Acre.

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Arminio Adolfo de Pontes e Sousa

Arminio Adolfo de Pontes e Sousa is associated to the Spiritist Center Beneficent União do Vegetal since 1989 and actually occupies the place of Director at the Department of Plantation and Environment. He holds MSc. Degree in Administration from UFSC and Specialization in accounting audit and Bachelor degree in Accounting Sciences from UFAN. Since 1989 work as Fiscal of Taxes at Manaus County beyond that he had worked as Coordinator of the graduation course in Accounting Sciences from following Colleges Martha Falção and ESBAM and MBA.

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Evgenia Fotiou

Evgenia Fotiou is a Cultural Anthropologist. Currenty she is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Kent State University and her research takes her to South America, her native Greece, and beyond. She has a PhD in cultural anthropology and Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she completed doctoral research on Amazonian shamanism in Peru and its transformation through globalization and the formation of transnational tourist networks. She is interested in health and healing in cross-cultural perspective and is currently completing a book on Amazonian sorcery while researching the revitalization of pre-Christian religion in modern Greece. She is on the board of directors for the Society of the Anthropology of Consciousness and the scientific committee of the International Society for the Academic Research on Shamanism. Dr. Fotiou is an expert in the anthropology of religion, shamanism, medical anthropology, Amazonian cultures and gender and teaches courses on these subjects.