A master of eloquence and innovative language, Mart n Prechtel is a leading thinker, writer, and teacher whose work, both written and oral, brings to life the pre-modern subtleties of any living language. His life, well documented in his books, has taken him from the Pueblo Indian reservation in New Mexico, where he grew up, to the Guatemalan village of Santiago Atitlan, where he was the student and eventual successor of a powerful shaman. Eventually Prechtel became a principal member of the village body of spiritual leaders, responsible for introducing the young people to the meanings of their ancient stories and guiding them through their long rituals of initiation. Today Mart n Prechtel lives once again in his native New Mexico and is active as a writer, teacher, speaker, musician, and healer. Using ceremony, language, story, and healing he helps people in many lands reconnect with a sense of place, a sense of the daily sacred, and their search for the Indigenous Soul.
"It's an encyclopedia of beauty...like some poem of Neruda's, it is
a treasure house of language, in service to life."
--Robert Bly, author of The Night Abraham called to the Stars
"Friend, if you have picked up this book, hold it. Don't set it
down. Let it call. Let it enter. Let it undo the latch of
forgetfulness It is not an academic study, nor event the personal
account it at first appears. It is a hymn from the living heart of
the universe, echoing in our being with praise and remembrance of
that we didn't know we remembered."
--Paul Weiss, Director, Whole Health Center, Bar Harbor, Maine