The History Channel Films Iquitos Peru
The History Channel emailed me about providing support for a documentary they were planning to film about Iquitos Peru. I immediately started brushing up on pre-Incan and Incan Andean trade with the rainforest indigenous, Francisco Orellana “discovering” the Amazon River, the rubber boom era, and the wars.
Then Amanda Mears, the producer, called and told me they planned to film The Ancient History of Shamanism, Ayauasca, and How it Relates to Modern Tourism in Iquitos Peru.
They met a shaman, went with him into the jungle, harvested and prepared the ayauasca vine and other natural medicines, brewed the ayauasca tea, participated in an ayauasca ceremony, and filmed the whole sequence.
They also filmed a short segment from Dawn on the Amazon III as we cruised slowly past the Iquitos water front and the floating village of Belen. The next day they photographed the Butterfly Farm.
The history of Shamanism and the use of ayauasca is a fascinating subject for a documentary. I look forward to watching it. I am curious if they will use the more accurate term curandero, or vegetalista, instead of Shaman. Probably not; the word shaman has instant international recognition.
The History Channel film crew had an amazing experience in Iquitos that they will never forget. I expect them to come back some day.