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    A graphical interpretation of the book "Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice" my Mark Plotkin. Mark Plotkin is an ethnobotanist. He studies how plants… Read More
    A graphical interpretation of the book "Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice" my Mark Plotkin. Mark Plotkin is an ethnobotanist. He studies how plants are used by various cultures around the world. In this account, he focuses his study on shamans in the South American rain forests and quickly realizes that these shamans possess knowledge of the curative power of plants that may hold the cure to some of today's most devastating diseases. Inspired by Mark's story, I created a graphical interpretation of the book, which follows the tonal variations in the story as well as visual representations of details combined with excerpts of his account. Read Less
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TALES OF A SHAMAN'S APPRENTICE
PHOTOJOURNALISM, TYPOGRAPHY
"Every time a shaman dies, it is as if a library has burned down..."
A visual interpretation of the book "Tales of A Shaman's Apprentice" by Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin. 
This story shocked me into awareness about the intensifying impact we have on the environment and other cultures. These cultures in particular often hold clues to ancient though invaluable knowledge of flora and fauna. Knowledge that can very well be the cure to many of our modern diseases and ailments.
The story is a fascinating account of a unique apprenticeship and anthropological adventures that also clarify what destruction of the region's plant species may ultimately cost humanity. 
One theme throughout the book is the outline of South America which is always placed on the left and slowly morphs into the face of our story's main shaman by the end of the book. 
Like the land which is being destroyed and exponentially cleared each year Mark visits, the shaman is aged, withered and depleted of his spirit. 
 
His last message, "I will be gone and I will have taken my plants (knowledge) with me."

Like the land which is being destroyed and exponentially cleared each year Mark visits, the shaman is aged, withered and depleted of his spirit. 

His last message, "I will be gone and I will have taken my plants (knowledge) with me.