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By Stacy B. Schaefer

Amada Cardenas, a Mexican American lady from the borderlands of South Texas, performed a pivotal position within the little-known background of the peyote exchange. She and her husband have been the 1st federally authorized peyote purchasers. They started harvesting and promoting the sacramental plant to fans of the local American Church (NAC) within the Thirties, and after her husband’s loss of life within the past due Nineteen Sixties, Mrs. Cardenas persevered to befriend and aid generations of NAC contributors until eventually her demise in 2005, simply in need of her one hundred and first birthday. writer Stacy B. Schaefer, an in depth pal of Amada's, spent 13 years doing fieldwork with this notable lady. Her ebook weaves jointly the geography, biology, historical past, cultures, and religions that created the original lifetime of Mrs. Cardenas and the folks she knew. Schaefer contains their phrases to assist inform the tale of ways Mexican american citizens, Tejanos, gringos, local american citizens, and others have been touched and encouraged by way of Amada Cardenas’s embodiment of the center NAC values: religion, wish, love, and charity.

Stacy B. Schaefer, professor emerita of anthropology at California nation college, Chico (CSUC), and previous codirector of the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology (CSUC), has labored in study, curatorial, and academic capacities at a few California museums. Her most modern ebook is Huichol ladies, Weavers, and Shamans (UNM Press). at the moment her examine contains ethnographic fieldwork one of the indigenous peoples of Chile and Bolivia.

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