Interview with Eda Zavala Lopez, Peruvian Curandera

By Eliot Cowan

One afternoon in June 2012 I was chatting with Eda Zavala about the plant medicine of her beloved Amazonian forest. Eda was born into a family of traditional healers. She lives in a remote village in the jungle of Northeastern Peru, far off the beaten track of ecotourists and neoshamanic adventurers, but not outside the long reach of corporate greed. Eda had come to the U. S. To seek support for saving her pristine forest and also to share about the healing traditions of the Amazon. Read more...Before I switched on the recorder I had asked her to speak about the healing songs, or "icaros" given to Amazonian healers by the plant spirits. Read more...