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"For I Am the Black Jaguar," at Emory University's Michael C. Carlos Museum, digs into the shamanic visionary experience in ancient American art. The show’s title comes from a quote from a contemporary shaman of northern Brazil: “Call upon me for I am the black jaguar... I drive away the illness.” The statement conveys the experience of becoming a powerful animal. The exhibit features works of art that showcase trance consciousness, especially the visionary himself or herself transforming into an animal — the black jaguar, an enormous whale shark, a predatory owl or a venomous rattlesnake. Quotes from practicing shamans accompany most of the ancient objects. The exhibition also features art that shows how visions are achieved in traditional settings — from meditation to drumming and dancing, to ingesting sacred plants such as peyote cacti, vines and spiny oysters.

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The Michael C. Carlos Museum
Emory University
571 South Kilgo Circle NE
Atlanta, GA 30322