The Other Game: Lessons from How Life Is Played in Mexican Villages

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Visit villages that have existed for thousands of years, meet their inhabitants, and learn about their life, work, and family. You will see how their way of life presents hopeful alternatives to our Western culture that we must take seriously in order to create a sustainable future for ourselves, our human ...

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Overview

Visit villages that have existed for thousands of years, meet their inhabitants, and learn about their life, work, and family. You will see how their way of life presents hopeful alternatives to our Western culture that we must take seriously in order to create a sustainable future for ourselves, our human race, and the other dwellers of the planet.

About the Author:
Phil Dahl-Bredine, a Maryknoll lay missioner, lives with his wife Kathy in the village of San Isidro, Tilantongo in the Mixteca Alta of Oaxaca

About the Author:
Stephen Hicken, now founding an immigrant service not-for-profit, worked for 3 years with Services for An Alternative Education, a Oaxacan organization strengthens local indigenous governments and their economies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570757808
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 191
  • Sales rank: 790,282
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Invitation 1

Part I Leaving Behind the U.S. Cultural and Moral Border

1 A Modest Re-Encounter with Indigenous Communities: A Continuing Confrontation of Cultures 6

Forewarnings 8

Fiesta 10

A Struggle Renewed 12

2 Cultural Genetics: Do We Need Cultural Diversity? 13

Biological Diversity and GM Crops 13

Cultural Diversity and Healthy Human Beings 17

Mixtec Children on Culture 19

3 A Glimpse into the Mixtec World: Do These People Have Something to Teach Us? 21

The Culture of Dona Soledad 23

Plowing with Don Agustin 24

Ancient Tombs 25

Living History 28

Privatizing Land, Privatizing Culture 31

Ancient Rules 32

Part II Ancient Alien Values

4 A Mixtec Teaching about Work: Work, Tequio, and a Day at the Office 36

Work in the Land of Quetzalcoatl 38

Hay Bale Technology 40

Labor in Today's Market-Driven, Corporation-Driven Economy 42

The Vocation to Consume 44

Creative Work 45

5 Money, Wealth, and Mixtec Fiestas: Which Cultures Create Wealth and Which Create Scarcity? 47

Wealth and Money 49

Seeds: Creating Scarcity with Money 51

Free Trade, Privatization, and the Scarcity Trap 56

Free Trade: Creating Money and Poverty 59

6 Objection!: Romanticizing Indigenous and U.S. Cultures 63

Romanticizing Traditionalism and Poverty? 63

Why Mexico Has Never "Made It" 66

De-Romanticizing U.S. Culture: Our Nineteenth-, Twentieth-, and Twenty-First-Century Resource Wars 68

Maria's Story 72

7 Culture and Violence: Who or What Is behind Indigenous Violence- and Our Own Violence? 78

Quetzalcoatl and the "Reign of Peace" 82

Violence in Western Culture 83

The Body Count 84

TheHuman Nature Excuse 86

Reasons for Amoltepec? 88

Interlude 90

Part III Learning Hope

8 Mary's Paradox: U.S. Policy Errors Stimulate New Visions in the Global South 94

A Vision from Below 94

Mary's Paradox 96

The Paradox of Hope 99

9 The Organizing Poor and Their Advocates: Values for a Hopeful Planet 102

Citizens' Movements: The World's Second Superpower 104

Hope for Local Communities, Hope for Us 105

The World Social Forum 107

Civil Society and Change 108

Global Hope from Campesino and Indigenous Communities in the South 109

10 Exchanging Universes: Loving Unseen Possibilities for Change 116

Exchanging Universes 116

The Energy to Change 117

The Voice of Indigenous America 119

11 A Special Time of Hope: The "Mixtec Principles" and What They Suggest for Us 124

A New Kind of Politics 125

A New Kind of Civil Society 126

A New Kind of Science and Technology 127

A New Kind of Economy 128

A New Kind of Education 130

A New Kind of Work 131

A New Kind of Ecology 131

A New Kind of Religion 132

And a Very Old Way 133

12 Happiness and a Sustainable World: How Can We Respond to the Invitation of Indigenous Peoples and the Global South? 134

From Personal to Public Change 141

New Community and Policy Moves in the United States 145

Appendix A Support and Information to Continue Learning 147

Appendix B Citizen Declarations 162

Notes 173

Glossary 183

Index 185

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