An indigenous productive garden, chacra, is quite a chaotic spot in the middle of a forest. I didn’t recognize it at first sight, but than I noticed the cassava (yucca, manioc) plants. And remembered what Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff wrote about the dead trees: trunks are put in the garden because they produce ashes which contain ancestral energies. Medicinal herbs are absent in the garden. They must be left to grow in their natural environment to conserve their healing power.