In A Perfect World # 114: Shamans of the Global Village (2016)

Rak Razam, host of the new online TV show, Shamans of the Global Village, chats with the show's director Niles Heckman about the resurgence in shamanic traditions across the world and why they made this groundbreaking new series. Indigenous people across the globe have used sacred plant medicines for millennia to heal, illuminate and connect them to the web of life. But each of these psychoactive medicines needs a healer to connect them to their patients: the shaman. This investigative-adventure documentary show examines not just these shamanic medicines, but the shamans that wield them–both indigenous and Western men and women learning to become shamans. We examine what drives them, what their backgrounds are, and why the role of the shaman is vital in the 21st century. If, as Marshall McLuhan said, we are now a “global village”, then we need our own healers that understand the deep power and sacredness these plant medicines can reveal. Tune into a provocative discussion about global shamanism, documentary filmmaking and the role of conscious media in our own awakening. Shamans of the Global Village is a independently produced documentary series focusing on indigenous entheogenic medicines and the Western shamanic resurgence. It is a project that has been a long time in the making, has gone through many challenges, but because of the passions and unique skill sets of its creators, is like nothing you’ve ever seen.