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May 25, 2020

Michael Stuart Ani has been a student of plant wisdom for almost 50 years.  As a young man, he was guided by the Lakota sage, John Fire Lame Deer, through his first peyote ceremony and then sent him south to Mexico in search of the steps of the Ghost Dance.  In the 1960s and 1970s, he lived in Mazateca's remote cloud forest and became the only outside who was ever allowed to collect the sacred mushroom species of the region.  During the 1980s, the steps of the Ghost Dance led Ani to the remote tribes of the Amazon Jungle.  With his Amazonia Foundation, Michael was instrumental in fighting the epidemics among the Yanomami in the Rainforests of Venezuela.  This work was subsequently featured in the 1994 documentary, Yanomani, Keepers of the Flame, which won the US Environmental Film Festival's Best Documentary of the Year.   After many years guiding explorers through the remote parts of the Amazon, Ani was inducted into the Explorers Society under the guidance of Sir Edmund Hilary and Thor Hyerdahl.

This just barely scratches the surface of all Michael's remarkable work.  For more detailed information, please see Michael's website:

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