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Losing hope of finding kids in plane crash, Indigenous searchers turned to a ritual: ayahuasca

Posted on AllSides June 16th, 2023
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Colombia's Armed Forces Press Office via AP, File

The weary Indigenous men gathered at their base camp, nestled among towering trees and dense vegetation that form a disorienting sea of green. They sensed that their ancestral land — Selva Madre, or Mother Jungle — was unwilling to let them find the four children who’d been missing since their charter plane crashed weeks earlier in a remote area in southern Colombia.

Indigenous volunteers and military crews had found signs of hope: a baby bottle, half-eaten fruit, dirty diapers strewn across a wide swatch of rainforest. The men were convinced...

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