Healing Icaros of the Shipibo Shamans
To weave is to sing and to sing is to heal. And so goes the timeless process that the Shipibo shamans have used to heal thier people for countless generations. They do this by using a variety of curing songs, called Icaros, along with elaborate woven healing cloths, and the numerous plants and herbal remedies they cultivate in their rainforest enclaves. Every plant, herb, animal, and elemental spirit has its own Icaro, which are learned by the shamans in their dreams, as a way of harnessing that spirit’s curing power. This music is their story.
Produced by Barrett Martin and Luis Guerra