The word "shaman" is from the indigenous Siberian language, Evenki. Shamanism describes spiritual practices of entering altered states of awareness to interact with spirit worlds, returning with knowledge, guidance, and healing for the shaman’s tribe and individual members. Browse our collection of Shamanism documentary films and videos that showcase the knowledge and wisdom of shamans. They have been called witch doctors, medicine men, and curanderos, but fundamental shamanic principles are shared by all. Watch full documentaries of filmmakers exploring shamanic practices from the Americas, the Himalayas, Central Asia, and Hawaii on Gaia.