Giuliano Tescari teaches Cultural anthropology and Anthropology of Performance at Turin University. He has spent long periods among the Huichol (self-designation: Wixáritari or Wirrarika) population of Mexico’s Occidental range Sierra Madre, where he investigated the foundations of the shamanic perspectives and the ways to access this profession. There he established a fruitful cooperation with Leocadio López Carrillo, a native Wirrarika with a broad knowledge of his tradition; together, the two scholars wrote Vamos a Tûrikyé. Sciamanismo e storia sacra wirrárika (Franco Angeli 2000). Among Tescari’s many publications on shamanic practices and cultural performances, and on the role of shamanic thinking in the assertion of native peoples’ rights, are L'etnodramma nell'insegnamento dell'antropologia culturale, in: Performance, esecuzioni e contesti (CUEM 2006); Essere indigeni: popoli e persone nelle politiche del riconoscimento (Quaderni di Thule 2010).

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