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Lecture - Maya Medicine

Sep 26, 2019

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In Mexican villages it’s common to hear the only remaining herbalist or midwife state that they are the last one in their village still practicing their art and working with plants. Most don’t have apprentices and almost never does the younger generation choose to carry on their ancestral healing traditions. It is the elders who are sought to share their medicine knowledge.


José Feliciano Ake Kinil is an exception. He is a third-generation, young-but-practiced Maya healer and student who has made it his life’s work to follow the rich traditions of the medicine people, herbalists and healers of the Yucatan. José shares specific information on the ethnobotanical uses of plants of the Yucatan peninsula, stories of growing up in a Maya family that never lost these traditions and what it has been like to follow the life path that he has chosen—or as the elders say, the life path that has chosen him.


This is a unique perspective that has not been shared before.