The Lost Amazon

The Lost Amazon

The Photographic Journey of Richard Evans Schultes

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
A collection of photographs and field notes documents the accomplishments of anthropologist and explorer Richard Evans Schultes and his expeditions into the wilderness of the Amazon basin, living among two dozen native tribes, mapping rivers, and collecting and classifying thirty thousand botanical specimens.

Hachette Book Group
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.

Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle, c2004
ISBN: 9780811845717
Characteristics: xv, 159 p. : ill. ; 29 cm


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Jul 14, 2010

Completely fascinating, an early explorerer who memorized an interior map of the amazon, to the point of being able to look down in foggy weather, and tell the pilot where they were in the breaks in the clouds, from the bends of the river. An incredible photograph sticks in my head, of a pictographic stone photographed on the exact equator, later destroyed.


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