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Friday, October 21 • 9:48am - 10:13am
Maps, Magic and Medicine in the Rainforest

Introduction by Laurie Benenson, film producer, environmental changemaker

Mark Plotkin, groundbreaking ethnobotanist and author of seminal books including Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice, works closely with Indigenous peoples and local conservationists to protect isolated and uncontacted tribes in the northwest Amazon. As co-founder of the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) in 1995, he’ll depict ACT's work partnering with over 30 South American tribes, including the Kogi, to map, manage and protect over 70 million acres of ancestral forests. He’ll describe collaborations with elder healers to develop and implement successful "Shamans and Apprentices" programs to transmit sacred healing information down through generations within the tribes themselves.

Workshop Speakers
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Laurie Benenson

Laurie Benenson,  writer, filmmaker and passionate environmental advocate, received the Evergreen Award from TreePeople for working to get the Obama Administration to support TreePeople's innovative drought remediation plan.  Laurie founded Movieline Magazine in 1985,  then went on to cover film for The New York Times before becoming a producer whose credits include Dirt! The Movie; Hadza: Last of the First, and Making A Killing... Read More →

Keynotes
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Mark Plotkin

Amazon Conservation Team
Mark Plotkin, Ph.D., co-founder/President of the Amazon Conservation Team, author of such bestselling books as: Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice; Medicine Quest: In Search of Nature's Healing Secrets; and The Killers Within: The Deadly Rise of Drug-Resistant Bacteria, is a renowned ethnobotanist who has studied indigenous plant use with traditional healers in Latin America for 30+ years and has long worked on conservation and biodiversity... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 9:48am - 10:13am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)