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Saturday, August 20 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
The Chukchi Use of Amanita muscaria, followed by a screening of the ethnomycological film Pegtymel.

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Interested in seeing shamanic drumming, a walrus hunt, and some splendid scenery in a mushroom presentation?   Author-mycologist-raconteur will offer a travelogue documenting the ritual use of wapak (Amanita muscaria) among the Siberian Chukchi.   He will also discuss the connection between A. muscaria and Santa Claus, showing that Santa is in fact a mushroom.   Immediately after his presentation, he will screen Russian film-maker Andrei Golovnov’s half hour documentary Pegtymel, which depicts Chukchi traditional culture — including wapak-eating — in the vicinity of the Bronze Age mushroom petroglyphs near the mouth of the Pegtymel River in Siberia. 

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Lawrence Millman

Lawrence Millman is an adventure travel writer and mycologist from Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the author of eleven books, including Our Like Will Not Be There Again, Northern Latitudes, Last Places, An Evening Among Headhunters, A Kayak Full of Ghosts, Lost in the Arctic, and Fascinating Fungi of New England. His work has also appeared in Smithsonian, National... Read More →

Saturday August 20, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

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