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The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic: The Parallel Lives of People as Plants: Keeping the Seeds Alive


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ISBN13: 9781583943601
ISBN10: 1583943609
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Martín 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 to life in the U.S. inform this lyrical blend of memoir, cultural commentary, and spiritual call to arms. The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic is 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 our current state of ecological 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.

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Leading thinker, writer, and artist Martín Prechtel teaches internationally and at his school, Bolad’s Kitchen. He is the best-selling author of Secrets of the Talking Jaguar. He lives in Ojo Caliente, NM.

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Purple Hazel Green, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Purple Hazel Green)
One of the most important books of our time. Prechtel's prose blazes from the heart, instructing us how to remember who we are and how to grow the seeds of that remembering.
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Tim Holbert, June 16, 2012 (view all comments by Tim Holbert)
Martin Prechtel is one of the few, perhaps the only, author who I can read over and over and always learn something new and be enchanted by his eloquence. This is a brilliant book for our times that goes directly to the heart of the cause of the malaise of our times.
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Prechtel, Martin
North Atlantic Books
Spirituality - Shamanism
Religion Western-Inspirational
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Biography-Native Americans
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9.28 x 6.4 x 1.53 in 1.86 lb

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