When Margaret De Wys learned she had breast cancer, the diagnosis shattered her comfortable life. Seized by fear, crushed by esistential loneliness, she couldn’t respond when her loved ones reached out to her. The illness propelled her away from her family and deep into the Amazon to work with Carlos, a charismatic Shuar master of medicina milenaria, an ancient mystical tradition with a highly sophisticated and precise technology of healing.
In this interview, Nika Annon (nikaannon.com) interviews Margaret De Wys about her illness, travels abroad and work with traditional healers throughout the world. Margaret also discusses her book, Black Smoke, a woman’s journey of healing, wild love and transformation in the Amazon.
Margaret De Wys is a composer and sound installation artist whose works have been performed at venues including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum. Currently working with John of God (Joao de Deus) in Brazil and at Omega Institute in New York, she also takes groups to the Ecuadorian Amazon to work with the shaman who healed her of breast cancer. The author of Black Smoke and Ecstatic Healing, she divides her time between Upstate New York and Southeast Nigeria.
To learn more about Margaret De Wys, visit: http://www.blacksmokethebook.com/
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