The Lost Amazon
The Photographic Journey of Richard Evans Schultes
Publication Date: October 1, 2004
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Richard Evans Schultes (1915-2001) was probably the greatest explorer of the Amazon, and regarded among anthropologists and seekers alike as the "father of ethnobotany." Taking what was meant to be a short leave from Harvard in 1941, he surveyed the Amazon basin almost continuously for twelve years, during which time he lived among two dozen different Indian tribes, mapped rivers, secretly sought sources of rubber for the US government during WWII, and collected and classified 30,000 botanical specimens, including 2,000 new medicinal plants. Schultes chronicled his stay there in hundreds of remarkable photographs of the tribes and the land, evocative of the great documentary photographers such as Edward Sheriff Curtis. Published to coincide with a traveling exhibition to debut at the Govinda Gallery in Washington, D.C., The Lost Amazon is the first major publication to examine the work of Dr. Schultes, as seen through his photographs and field notes. With text by Schultes's protege and fellow explorer, Wade Davis, this impressive document takes armchair travelers where they've never gone before.
Wade Davis is Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. A student and biographer of Schultes, he is the author of numerous books including the best-selling The Serpent and the Rainbow and the recent Light at the Edge of the World. He divides his time between Nova Scotia and Washington, D.C.
Andrew Weil, M.D., is an internationally recognized expert on medicinal herbs, mind-body interactions, and Integrative Medicine. A frequent guest on Larry King Live and Oprah, he has also hosted his own PBS television specials. Dr. Weil is the author of eight books.