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Mart n Prechtel’s experiences growing up on a Pueblo Indian reservation, his years of apprenticing to a Guatemalan shaman, and his flight from Guatemala’s brutal civil war inform this lyrical blend of memoir, cultural mythology, and spiritual call to arms. The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquicis both an epic story and a cry to the heart of humanity based on the author’s realization that human survival depends on keeping alive the seeds of our “original forgotten spiritual excellence.” Prechtel relates the current eco-crisis to the rapid disappearance of biodiversity, indigenous cultures, and shared human values. He demonstrates how real human culture is exterminated when real (not genetically modified) seeds are lost. Like plants that become extinct once their required conditions are no longer met, authentic, unmonetized human cultures can no longer survive in the modern world. To “keep the seeds alive”-both literally and metaphorically-they must be planted, harvested, and replanted, just as human culture must become truly engaging and meaningful to the soul, as necessary as food is to the body. The viable seeds of spirituality and culture that lie dormant within us need to “sprout” into broad daylight to create real sets of cultures welcome on Earth.
Table of Contents
|A Note on Writing with Native Words||p. xxi|
|The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic||p. 1|
|Always a Place at the Table||p. 3|
|Star Arches, the Lurching Earth, and the Seed-eyed God||p. 12|
|The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic||p. 35|
|The Life of People as Plants||p. 67|
|In the Shade of the Fire Flower||p. 69|
|The Fiery Speech of Seeds as Time||p. 86|
|The Miraculous Return of the Tree of Time||p. 109|
|The Frenchman Gets "Everything"||p. 126|
|Checkmated by My Love||p. 140|
|People as Seeds, Their Youth as Chocolate, the Dead Echoing Back to Life||p. 149|
|Keeping the Seeds Alive||p. 173|
|Burning Up the Memory||p. 175|
|The Seeds Come Back Riding "Little Bald Gourd"||p. 188|
|Swimming Past the Dogs of Amnesia, the Seeds Disappear into the Redwoods||p. 206|
|The Six Donancianas||p. 227|
|Tunneling Past Centuries, Red Corn in Their Cheeks, the Old Ladies Scurry into View||p. 257|
|"Here's Your Damned Corn"||p. 268|
|From Their Motley Hands, the Motley Seeds Surprise the People into Beauty||p. 287|
|Seeds of Birth and Seeds of Death Return, Carrying the Whole World||p. 298|
|Our Agreement with the Holy in Nature||p. 305|
|Our Ancient Seed Jar||p. 307|
|The Marriage Contract with the Wild||p. 316|
|Keeping Our Agreement with the Wild:||p. 323|
|Our Ancient Seed Jars: Finding an Agreement to Keep||p. 323|
|There Has to Be Wild Land, Air, and Sea||p. 324|
|The Veld-Sacred Feral Land||p. 327|
|All Origins Must Be Known-Where the Seeds Go, So the Agreement Must Go||p. 330|
|When the People Marry, the Seeds Marry||p. 341|
|Kneel at the Feet of the Mother of the Food You Eat and Ask Her to Adopt You||p. 348|
|Beautiful Farming||p. 354|
|A Temple Called a Field||p. 360|
|The Majesty of Decay||p. 364|
|The Body of the Plants City||p. 369|
|Offerings-Farmers as the Jewelers of Vitality||p. 375|
|Kiss Your Pumpkins-Sacred Pantry Temples||p. 381|
|Learning to Live Beyond Our Time-The Dead Must Feed the Living||p. 391|
|The House of Origins||p. 398|
|The Famous Story of One Eye||p. 415|
|Glossary of Non-English Words||p. 423|
|New Words and Redefined Words as Understood in This Book||p. 431|
|About the Author||p. 445|
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