This small community is famous for having driven mining companies out of their Amazonian territory in northern Ecuador.
The Cofán Avie natives have yet another mysterious and fascinating particularity: they are masters of Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic medicinal plant and gateway "to the world of spirits."
"God once lived here, on this planet," says 63-year-old Isidro Lucitante, patriarch and "taita" (shaman) of the nine families that make up this community in . . .
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