Interview with Joseph Mays, IRI Program Director at Chacruna

Sacred Reciprocity, Biocultural Conservation, and Honouring our Indigenous Ancestors with Chacruna’s Joseph Mays

Sacred Reciprocity, Biocultural Conservation, and Honouring our Indigenous Ancestors with Chacruna’s Joseph Mays

Episode Summary

Today on the Psychedelic Spotlight podcast, we speak with Joseph Mays. He is an ethnobotanist, researcher, and the Program Director of Chacruna’s Indigenous Reciprocity Initiative. Here, he conducts research and builds connections with small Indigenous communities throughout the Americas to support Chacruna’s mission of increasing cultural reciprocity in the psychedelic space.

In our conversation with Joseph, we chat a bit about some critical topics such as how psychedelics can allow us to understand the Indigenous philosophy of interrelatedness between one another and our ecosystems, the importance of considering sacred reciprocity to Indigenous peoples and their land, and how Chacruna’s Indigenous Reciprocity Initiative is making it simple for companies to give back to the societies who have cultivated psychedelic medicine.

*To learn more about Chacruna, visit their website: Chacruna.net