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Peyote as an Ancestor and Living Relative – Not a Resource [ONLINE]
December 22, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
by MAPS Canada
Co-Editor – Journal of Native Sciences
Episode Summary: As many psychedelic enthusiasts promote and support the idea of psychedelic decriminalization, it is important to recognize that this is being done without consultation with Indigenous peoples, which inadvertently facilitates extractive harvesting practices, biopiracy, and an involuntary forfeiture of medicinal access. As an Indigenous Peyote practitioner, researcher, and scientist, Dawn is aware of the potential impacts that decriminalization could likely have towards further depletion of wild Peyote populations within the United States and Mexico and has been advocating for cultural, historic, and legal responsiveness to Peyote’s past as it relates to the Indigenous peoples of North America. Through her spiritual practices she recognizes Peyote as a sentient being, an ancestor, a relative, not a resource for commercialization, commodification, or at the expense of living Indigenous cultures. This session will delve deeper into these concerns and further question the perception of medicine v. resource from an Indigenous perspective.