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The Cosmic Serpent: A poem on carnival and karma, first published by Sapiens

Glenn H. Shepard , April 18th, 2022


Most Carnival celebrations in Brazil were canceled for a second year in a row in 2022 due to the resurgence of COVID-19. This poem, which I wrote during…


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Women Have Hair, Men Have Nicknames: Remembering Jay Dautcher

Glenn H. Shepard , November 19th, 2021


When I first created this blog ten years ago, I had trouble deciding on a name for it. So I called Jay Dautcher, my multi-talented polyglot musician-climber-anthropologist friend…


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Unlikely Blessings: A poem on hope, despair and periwinkle

Glenn H. Shepard , April 27th, 2021


 This poem, written fifteen years ago as my youngest son began (thankfully successful) chemotherapy for a rare immune system disease, was recently published for the first time by S…


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Fifty Shades of Green: Reflecting back on the Oscar-nominated film Embrace of the Serpent in the age of coronavirus [excerpt]

Glenn H. Shepard , June 5th, 2020


The tragic death from coronavirus of indigenous actor Antonio Bolivar, star of the Oscar-nominated film Embrace of the Serpent, has made me reflect back on all the facts…


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Covid-19: Lessons from the Yanomami [New York Times Op-Ed]

Glenn H. Shepard , May 6th, 2020


This essay, which I translated and edited from an original draft written in French by anthropologist Bruce Albert, was first published by the New York Times on April…


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Coronavirus Brings Back Memories: Indigenous priest reflects on the global pandemic [excerpt]

Glenn H. Shepard , April 14th, 2020


Justino Sarmento Rezende, a Salesian priest of the Tuyuka indigenous people from the upper Rio Negro in Brazil, reflects on the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of his…


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Voluntary Isolation in the Age of Coronavirus

Glenn H. Shepard , April 8th, 2020


As governments around the world decide on public health measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, indigenous peoples across the Amazon, from the Madre de Dios region in…


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Yellow Jessamine: A coronavirus haiku

Glenn H. Shepard , March 23rd, 2020


Yellow jessamine infects a premature Spring: Fragrant and lethal. Gelsemium sempervirens, known as yellow jessamine or Carolinajasmine, is a toxic plant with alkaloids related to…


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Toé (Brugmansia suaveolens): The Path of Day and Night [excerpt]

Glenn H. Shepard , September 28th, 2019


The Path of DayHenchi, a young man from a remote Matsigenka native community in Peru’s Manu National Park, left home one morning to go hunting in the vast…


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Water in Yomibato: Guest post by National Geographic writer Emma Marris

Glenn H. Shepard , May 13th, 2016


I traveled last November to Manu Park in the Peruvian Amazon with writer Emma Marris to guide her among the Matsigenka people for a story she published this…


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Water in Yomibato: Guest post by National Geographic writer Emma Marris

Glenn H. Shepard , May 13th, 2016


I traveled last November to Manu Park in the Peruvian Amazon with writer Emma Marris to guide her among the Matsigenka people for a story she published this…


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Water in Yomibato: Guest post by National Geographic writer Emma Marris

Glenn H. Shepard , May 13th, 2016


I traveled last November to Manu Park in the Peruvian Amazon with writer Emma Marris to guide her among the Matsigenka people for a story she published this…


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Water in Yomibato: Guest post by National Geographic writer Emma Marris

Glenn H. Shepard , May 13th, 2016


I traveled last November to Manu Park in the Peruvian Amazon with writer Emma Marris to guide her among the Matsigenka people for a story she published this…


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The Vampire Pipeline: Unhealth and undevelopment in the lower Urubamba

Glenn H. Shepard , September 30th, 2015


The Vilcabamba mountain range, last holdout of the Inca empire in the 16th century, looms in the distance as a man in a cotton tunic and baseball cap…


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The Vampire Pipeline: Unhealth and undevelopment in the lower Urubamba

Glenn H. Shepard , September 30th, 2015


The Vilcabamba mountain range, last holdout of the Inca empire in the 16th century, looms in the distance as a man in a cotton tunic and baseball cap…


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The Vampire Pipeline: Unhealth and undevelopment in the lower Urubamba

Glenn H. Shepard , September 30th, 2015


The Vilcabamba mountain range, last holdout of the Inca empire in the 16th century, looms in the distance as a man in a cotton tunic and baseball cap…


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The Vampire Pipeline: Unhealth and undevelopment in the lower Urubamba

Glenn H. Shepard , September 30th, 2015


The Vilcabamba mountain range, last holdout of the Inca empire in the 16th century, looms in the distance as a man in a cotton tunic and baseball cap…


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A Welcome of Tears, and Farewell to Chief Mro’ô

Glenn H. Shepard , May 30th, 2015


When you cry for someone you’ve lost, you cry for everything you’ve ever lost.Although it is perhaps the most universal human emotion, grief weighs uniquely upon each of…


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A Welcome of Tears, and Farewell to Chief Mro’ô

Glenn H. Shepard , May 30th, 2015


When you cry for someone you’ve lost, you cry for everything you’ve ever lost.Although it is perhaps the most universal human emotion, grief weighs uniquely upon each of…


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A Welcome of Tears, and Farewell to Chief Mro’ô

Glenn H. Shepard , May 30th, 2015


When you cry for someone you’ve lost, you cry for everything you’ve ever lost.Although it is perhaps the most universal human emotion, grief weighs uniquely upon each of…


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A Welcome of Tears, and Farewell to Chief Mro’ô

Glenn H. Shepard , May 30th, 2015


When you cry for someone you’ve lost, you cry for everything you’ve ever lost.Although it is perhaps the most universal human emotion, grief weighs uniquely upon each of…


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Infinite Grace: An interview with Caetano W. Galindo on his translation of "Infinite Jest" into Brazilian Portuguese

Glenn H. Shepard , November 28th, 2014


David Foster Wallace lives! How else could one explain the long-distance friendship that grew up between myself and a person I have not yet met in person, and would…


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Infinite Grace: An interview with Caetano W. Galindo on his translation of "Infinite Jest" into Brazilian Portuguese

Glenn H. Shepard , November 28th, 2014


David Foster Wallace lives! How else could one explain the long-distance friendship that grew up between myself and a person I have not yet met in person, and would…


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Infinite Grace: An interview with Caetano W. Galindo on his translation of "Infinite Jest" into Brazilian Portuguese

Glenn H. Shepard , November 28th, 2014


David Foster Wallace lives! How else could one explain the long-distance friendship that grew up between myself and a person I have not yet met in person, and would…


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