Luis Eduardo Luna
“We will present an overview of the institution and the creation of the ethnobotanical garden, the history, ethnography, botany, pharmacology and cultivation of some important species, as well as some of our observations with regard to apparent symbiotic relationships amongst certain of the plants and animals in the garden.”
May 24, 2022 5:35 pm
Luis Eduardo Luna has a Ph.D. from the Department of Comparative Religion Stockholm University (1989) and was named 2002 Doctor of Humane Letters by St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York. He retired in 2011 from the Department of Modern Language and Communication at the Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki. He was an Assistant Professor in Anthropology (1994-1998) at the Department of Anthropology of Santa Catarina Federal University (UFSC) in Florianópolis, Brazil. Dr. Luna is the author of Vegetalismo: Shamanism among the Mestizo Population of the Peruvian Amazon (1986), a co-author with Pablo Amaringo of Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman (1991), and co-author with Slawek Wojtowicz, Rick Strassman and Ede Frecska of Inner Paths to Outer Space: Journeys Through Psychedelics and Other Spiritual Technologies (2008). He is also a co-editor with Steven White of Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine (2000, enlarged second edition 2016). Dr. Luna has been a curator of art exhibits in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. He is the Director of Wasiwaska, Research Center for the Study of Psychointegrator Plants, Visionary Art and Consciousness, Florianópolis, Brazil. His website is www.wasiwaska.org.
Creation of an Ethnopharmacological Plant repository in Southern Brazil. Presentation of a collaborative project to establish a collection of sacred psychoactive medicinal plants at Wasiwaska Research Center in Florianópolis, Brazil.
The Wasiwaska Ethnobotanical Garden, located in Florianópolis on the island of Santa Catarina, in southern Brazil, is part of the Wasiwaska Research Center for the Study of Psychointegrator Plants, Visionary Art and Consciousness, created in 2001 by Colombian/Finnish anthropologist Luis Eduardo Luna and Brazilian cultural manager Adriana Rosa. The garden, to a great extent the result of the advice and collaboration of South African naturalist Dale Millard, during his visits to the institution, has been designed and developed largely around agroforestry principles. Land use incorporates three main activities, botanical collection and preservation, agroforestry and food production and reforestation. A private botanical garden comprises around four hundred species that surround the house and adjacent buildings. These species represent a unique collection of many rare and poorly known fruit trees as well as sacred and medicinal plants. The botanical garden gradually extends towards an independent project, which aims to reforest a patch of former Coastal Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlántica), which lost its primary vegetation due to several hundred years of occupation by colonists originally from the Azores islands who cultivated manioc, sugar cane and coffee. We will present an overview of the institution and the creation of the ethnobotanical garden, the history, ethnography, botany, pharmacology and cultivation of some important species, as well as some of our observations with regard to apparent symbiotic relationships amongst certain of the plants and animals in the garden.