Martín Prechtel was raised in New Mexico on a Pueblo Indian reservation where people still lived in the old, pre-European ways. His mother was a Canadian Indian who taught at the Pueblo school, and his father was a white paleontologist.
Martín loved the culture there, and the land.
“I spent the whole of my very early life,” he says, “in a state of weepy terror about the possibility of the total annihilation of this beautiful world at the hands of a few white men who couldn’t understand the beauty we had in this way of life.”
What is a shaman?
Shamans are sometimes considered healers or doctors, but really they are people who deal with the tears and holes we create in the net of life, the damage that we all cause in our search for survival. In a sense, all of us – even the most untechnological, spiritual, and benign peoples – are constantly wrecking the world.
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