JoAnne Mowczko

Growing up in Michigan sparked JoAnne’s interest in nature. Her mother taught her to read and her father instilled in her an appreciation for nature. When she was 10, her family moved to Flagstaff, AZ, an area rich in Native American culture. This was the beginning of a life-time of interest and study in biology and anthropology.

She and her husband live in Southwestern AZ with their two dogs.

She has a B.S. in Biology and Anthropology Education, a M.A. in Biology Education and an Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Her career spans over 30 years teaching elementary through University levels.

As a published author she has written articles for professional science and education journals. She also co-authored curriculum supplements for the National Institutes of Health and wrote ancillaries for science textbooks.


51DVz-rl3wL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Achuar of the Pastaza River: A Glimpse into Their Rainforest World

Achuar (pronounced aa sh ur) have lived in inaccessible regions of the Ecuadorian rainforest for eons. The intent of this book is to provide insight into a people whose lives are intertwined with the forest that sustains them. Written simply, this book describes anthropological, spiritual and sociological aspects of the Achuar. What is the importance of dreams? What hallucinogenic plants do they use? What is the wayus tradition? These are just some of the fascinating aspects of the Achuar culture the reader will discover. The text, offset by a generous array of color photos and supported by a detailed glossary, describes the rainforest flora and fauna essential to the Achuar lifestyle. When visiting the rainforest in person or through this book, one gains insight into the Achuar and the forest they call home and mother. Undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in the rainforest and its inhabitants will find this book a useful resource that will enhance their perceptions of life among the Achuar.

The profits from the sales of this book will enable educational materials and supplies to be made available for Achuar children.

Available in Paperback: Amazon, CreateSpace

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