The "Taita" John ", who faces 20 years in federal prison, is recognized for its community and the Ministry of Health of Colombia as a traditional healer.
On Tuesday, October 19, 2010 while en route to perform traditional ceremonies of Ayahuasca, indigenous healer Colombian Juan Agreda Chindoy was arrested in Houston International Airport. He was arrested by the border police (ICE) for possession of ancient medicine Ayahuasca. He is being charged as a federal criminal and faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
Taita Juan is known for its community and the Ministry of Health of Colombia as a traditional healer. It is one of the few remaining indigenous leaders in the world with the knowledge of traditional medicine of an ecosystem that is rapidly disappearing. Taita Juan is a father, husband and sponsor over 20 children. With over 3000 friends and beneficiaries of medicine in several countries around the world, his life and work have touched many.
About Taita Juan:
Taita Juan Agreda Chindoy is an indigenous traditional healer Cametsa Sibundoy Valley in the Alto Putumayo region of Colombia. In addition to being recognized by the Ministry of Health is recognized for his community as a lineage holder of Amazonian traditional medicine and a leader of people. Since childhood, John has been learning Taita practices Taita his father Martin and has studied with many seniors across the Amazon. Taita Juan has over 20 years experience working with 'yajé (ayahuasca) and other forms of traditional medicine. He has extensive experience in dealing with aspects of mind, body and spirit. He has successfully treated conditions are not well treated by other forms of medicine. Their ceremonies offer the experience of traditional medicine in an authentic Amazon.
At home in Sibundoy, Taita Juan is developing a traditional medicine clinic. Is a leader in addressing public health needs in their community. Thousands of people from all over the world visit Sibundoy seeking their services. Taita Juan is leading efforts to build educational ethnobotanical gardens in their village to ensure that the knowledge of traditional medicine continues to be transmitted to future generations. He is an artist with great technique and talent in the arts of wood carving, painting and beadwork. He and his wife Carmen, own a small business, "Craft Basoy" a shop selling Indian art at the heart of Sibundoy. His family company employs several single mothers in the community and participates in creating innovative and original designs that make a big impression on all visitors. Taita has an incredible sense of humor and kindness of his spirit and heart extends to those around him. For all these contributions, Taita Juan is esteemed and loved by many.
'Taita' is a term of respect used by the indigenous communities of the Amazon to recognize traditional healers working with Ayahuasca, a word which means father.
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