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Dr. Richard J. Chacon

Shamanism presented by Dr. Richard Chacón, Winthrop University

September  24, 2014  3:00 PMKetner Auditorium, Queens University of Charlotte Main Campus

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Free and open to the public

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Sponsored by Queens' Center for Latino Studies, and the Department of World Languages

This lecture will explore the multi-faceted world of shamanism. Dr. Chacon will draw from his decades of working with indigenous shamans (both in the Amazon Basin and in the Andean Highlands). Topics to be covered include the role of shamans as vast repositories of traditional knowledge, native belief and also of effective medicinal practices. Positive and negative aspects of shamanism will also be discussed. Lastly, how contact with the Western World threatens to destroy this form of traditional wisdom.

Dr. Richard J. Chacon is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Winthrop University who has conducted anthropological investigations throughout Latin America and has a special interest in encouraging members of minority communities to pursue higher education. His specializations are in optimal foraging theory, Amerindian subsistence strategies, warfare, ritual violence, native beliefs, the development of complex societies, ethnohistory and the effects of globalization in addition to analyzing the impacts of missionization on indigenous peoples. His publications include: The Great Awakening and Southern Backcountry Revolutionaries; The Ethics of Anthropology and Amerindian Research: Reporting on Environmental Degradation and Warfare, North American Indigenous Warfare and Ritual Violence, Latin American Indigenous Warfare and Ritual Violence and The Taking and Displaying of Human Body Parts as Trophies by Amerindians.  

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