he Yanomami are the largest relatively isolated tribe in South America. They live in the rainforests and mountains of northern Brazil and southern Venezuela. From 1988 to 2002, Michael Stuart Ani set the groundwork for rainforest protection and environmentalism in Los Angeles, California by founding the Amazonia Foundation, a central part of a medical outreach program introduced to fight the epidemics among the Yanomami tribe of Venezuela. He is dedicated to advancing the use of botanical cures to promote healing of the planet and her people. He believes that the health of the world depends upon us all and that medicinal plants are key to our future as a species. Napoleon Chagnon, a world-renowned anthropologist, said of Ani, “Michael gave a brilliant account of his work with the Yanomamo. He is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and has their best interests at heart.