Programs

 

 

 

Terra Incognita facilitates an ethical engagement with indigenous and contemporary peoples and communities, with a focus on traditional shamanic wisdom and resources, cultural integration and consciousness, environmental impact and sustainability. We have a number of programs running and in development that you can support:

NEUROSCIENCE

 

We have engaged with leading neuroscientists and EEG researchers to support the science of understanding brain activity pre and post administration of the Bufo Alvarius (5-MeO-DMT) medicine, and supported learnings around PTSD and brain states from the Bufo. We have canvassed leading manufacturers of EEG equipment to advance the possibilities of using technology to monitor shamanic states. In our 2016 retreat program in Cancun, Mexico, we worked with the indigenous Bufo Alvarius toad medicine to examine its healing properties and gather EEG data on the brainwaves of participants. A sample of data was collected from participants which show increased neural cohesion and activity and advances our understanding.

 

CONSERVATION

 

The Terra Incognita Project is developing a proposal to fund a second-stage study of the sustainability of Bufo Alvarius (Alvarius Incilius) toads in the Sonoran desert of Mexico and Arizona (building on data from our 2016 study). The Bufo Alvarius toad is native to the Sonoran desert and the secretions of the toad produce Bufotenine and 5-Methoxy-Dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT), which is currently of interest to science, the medical community as well as the shamanic medicine community globally. Human interest in the toad secretions has seen an anecdotal surge in interest with many competing groups hunting and harvesting the toad venom in its native habitat. This habitat is also under pressure from global warming /climate shift, and concern has been raised for the long term viability of the toad in the wild.

 

PRESERVATION

 

As well as ensuring the sustainability of the Bufo Alvarius toad in the wild, research is underway with numerous groups to study the viability of small scale reserves/sanctuaries for study and captive breeding programs to help contribute to re-population of the desert. Even though ranch/sanctuaries can be a point of debate, sanctuaries can be small nodes, microclimates for study and re-distribution. These studies also include a focus on the legal protection/status, sanctions and awareness in Mexico for this particular species to protect their population more broadly. A reserve in the U.S. in Arizona &/or New Mexico protected under the Native American Church as a sacrament and established in partnership with Wildlife conservation agencies and perhaps state government is a possibility to explore.