Tom DeMott talks about Into the Hearts of the Amazon: In Search of a Modern Matriarchy. In a remote corner of southern Mexico, DeMott discovered a modern-day matriarchy. He integrated into the culture by joining in the rites of spring (where women pelt the men with fruit) and by interviewing the women who control the marketplace where men are rarely seen. He tackles the question: What would life be like if women, rather than men, had the advantage?
Tom DeMott is a travel writer whose pieces on Isthmus women have appeared in Ancient American, Western Edition, San Francisco Observer, International Railway Traveler, Shamanâ€™s Drum, Clubmex, Transitions Abroad, Iagora.com and others. He has lived in Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and finally Switzerland where he taught for two years at Webster University, Geneva. He is currently at work on a book about the mail-order bride industry in Russia.