The MEG, the Geneva Museum of Ethnography, is devoting an exhibition to the Amazonian Indians. Preserving one of the most important ethnographic collections in this field (nearly 5000 pieces), the Museum presents for the first time a large collection of objects from nine countries in the Amazon basin. Shimmering feather ornaments, blowguns, bows and arrows in the curare, kits for hallucinogens used by shamans, but also musical instruments or ceramics, plunge the audience into a mystical atmosphere. These objects invite you to discover shamanism and the world of the forest. "Amazonia. Le shaman et la pensée de la forêt" also addresses the theme of respect for the rights of indigenous people, the protection of their ecosystem and their way of life. It gives a voice to Amerindian leaders who are now working to protect their environment and ancestral traditions.
The exhibition is a testimony to the history and future of indigenous peoples who, since the arrival of the first settlers on their lands, have survived pioneer fronts, exogenous diseases, "pacification", sedentarization and other evangelization programs to which they have been subjected. This exhibition offers visitors an immersive experience thanks to the visual richness of its collections, as well as the sound installations that recreate the atmosphere of the Amazonian forest. Films and photographs complete the tour