A Culture's Catalyst: Historical Encounters with Peyote and by Fannie Kahan,Erika Dyck

By Fannie Kahan,Erika Dyck

In 1956, pioneering psychedelic researchers Abram Hoffer and Humphry Osmond have been invited to affix participants of the pink Pheasant First country close to North Battleford, Saskatchewan, to take part in a peyote rite hosted via the local American Church of Canada.

Inspired via their event, they wrote a sequence of essays explaining and protecting the intake of peyote and the perform of peyotism. They enlisted the aid of Hoffer’s sister, journalist Fannie Kahan, and labored heavily together with her to record the spiritual rite and write a historical past of peyote, culminating in a safety of its use as a therapeutic and non secular agent.

Although the textual content indicates its mid-century origins, with dated language and every now and then uncritical research, it advocates for Indigenous felony, political and non secular rights and gives vital insights into how psychedelic researchers, who have been themselves embattled in debates over the price of spirituality in drugs, interpreted the peyote rite. finally, they championed peyotism as a non secular perform that they believed held special cultural benefits.

“A Culture’s Catalyst” revives a ancient debate. Revisiting it now encourages us to re-examine how peyote has been understood and the way its visual appeal within the Nineteen Fifties verified Native-newcomer family members and the Canadian government’s attitudes towards Indigenous non secular and cultural practices.

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