Sacred Substitute

In this video, Dr. Rebecca Stone, retired Carlos Museum Curator of Art of the Americas, discusses key objects in the collection that display imagery of sacred (visionary) plants and/or animals. Then she considers differing attitudes towards mind-altering substances. To shamans, they are teachers that reveal cures and other truths, whereas the U.S. government outlaws their use as “Schedule 1 Drugs” that have no medical use and a high potential for abuse. Recently, Western science has begun to recognize that some “Schedule 1 drugs” are indeed of therapeutic value and acknowledge that the sacred plants used by shamans are non-addictive.

This presentation was recorded in conjunction with a project for the Science Gallery Atlanta's inaugural exhibition Hooked! in spring 2022. For more details, click HERE.