Don Lucho - Luis Culquitón
- Isquitos, Peru
Don Lucho (Luis Culquitón) is a fairly unique shaman in Iquitos for a few reasons. Firstly, he never underwent a formal apprenticeship under another shaman. Don Lucho has been communicating with the spirits of his ancestors (of the Cocama tribe) since he was a young child and he has received all his knowledge and training directly from the spirits and the plants he has dieted. He was just 12 years old when he undertook his first plant diet.
He has lived in, and served the same community all his life which is the small village of Manacamiri, which is a few miles outside of Iquitos on the opposite side of the Nanay river. In 1980 he founded Kapitari an organisation and research center dedicated to helping protect and preserve the bio-diversity of the Amazon. Kapitari is located about a 40 minute walk from Manacamiri.