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Maria Sabina Estrada

Dates lived: 1884- November 1985

Maria Sabina Estrada

Bio: lived in Huautla de Jiménez, a small town in the Sierra Madre de Oaxaca mountain range in the Oaxaca state of Mexico. She grew up in poverty and was first introduced to the sacred mushroom when she, out of hunger, ate some growing wild in the hills of Huautla. She began working with them for healing some years later in her life. She said: “at {the} bottom I knew that I was a doctor woman. I knew what my destiny was. I felt it deep within me. I felt that I had a great power, a power that awakened in me in the vigils”. She is best known as the indigenous healer who introduced the psilocybin mushroom to the West, via the ethnomycologist Gordon Wasson and his wife Valentina. Wasson’s publication of his experience in LIFE magazine in 1957, despite Maria Sabina’s request that he not do so, brought many foreigners to the mall town seeing a “trip”.

Maria Sabina Lineage

Lineage: Lineage connection to Maria Sabina Estrada is through Salvador Roquet who was a good friend of hers and who studied with her which significantly informed his methods. She was also a friend of Regina Carrera and Julieta Casimiro- they spent much time together in Huaultla before Maria’s death.