Female shaman with drum from Altai region of Siberia. The drum, often assisted by psychoactive fly agaric mushrooms, summoned the shaman’s spiritual helpers, sheltered the souls of a sick person, and defended the shaman against malevolent spirits.
Q’ero peoples, I experienced their Andean mountain existence of 15,000 feet. It is high up, cold and intense. The moment I stepped foot into our first camp at 10,000 feet I could feel the emotions welling up inside of me, connecting me to an ancient land where only tenacious people could survive.