First Indigenous Ayahuasca Conference (Yubaka Hayrá) in Acre

In 2017, the First Ayahuasca Indigenous Conference (Yubaka Hayrá) was held in Acre, in response to the two AYA World Ayahuasca Conference, organised in 2014 and 2016, by researchers from the fields of medicine, ethnobotany, psychology, pharmacology, and anthropology, to discuss the effects of the drink, their experiences in the treatment of chemical dependency and depression, and other issues relating to neuroscience.

At the end of these conferences, the indigenous participants said that they felt like guests in their own homes, being excluded from the discussionsTo react about this situation, the participants to the First Indigenous Ayahuasca Conference, Yubaka Hayrá, emphasized the responsibility of the indigenous peoples through contacts and exchanges with non-Amerindians, about the importance to informe more and more, of what is being shared and to what end it is being used, in order to ensure good use of the medicine.

This conference also reaffirmed the importance of valuing indigenous knowledge and practices, as their own identity and as means of resistance to the problems they face, whether they concern health, spirituality or politics…

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