Angela O'Hara

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   Angela O’Hara Angela O’Hara BDES, MA, PHD-ABD Angela O’Hara has dedicated the last eight years of her life to researching the art, culture, and medicine of the Upper Amazon of the Peru.  An artist, author, and professor of communication and culture, she has focused her fieldwork on the traditional wisdom and creative practices of indigenous peoples of the Upper Amazon.  She came first to Pucallpa to write about the community of visionary artists in Pucallpa and encountered vegetalismo, the syncretic cosmology of mestizo shamanism. This interest lead her to further continue her fieldwork and research at Santuario Huishtin and to observe into the enormous growth of interest in Amazonian plant medicines by foreigners in what has become known by some as “ayahuasca tourism” (or what she terms “participatory travel.”)  Over time, she has developed many deep insights into the intercultural dynamics (the dark and the light side) of this unique medicine path. In addition to her research, Angela O’Hara is also a shamanic coach trained with the Institute of Shamanic Medicine in Toronto, a knowledge path that integrates First Nations traditions and shamanic practices. From this training, she has specialized in the area of creativity and started her own…


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