As I begin our interview, Taita Alejo, Galo, Alejandra and I sit around the long, wooden kitchen table. I learn that Galo and Taita Alejo, now in their late 60’s, played significant roles in the reawakening of the use of entheogenic plant medicines, such as San Pedro in Ecuador in the early 1980’s.
I have many friends who contemplate mysticism, or The Mystery. I chose different people, from very different backgrounds, to have a conversation with about mysticism.
The following are transcripts of those conversations.
My name is Onani. I am Mixed Blood Anishinaabequay, a woman of Celtic and Native American ancestry. I am a Mashkikiquay of the Midewiwin, a medicine woman of our tradition.
Thus begins a complicated story of love and hate, betrayal and courage. A story of a “500 year old relationship; coming out of conflict, colonialism and denial.” Though it may seem simple and personal on the surface;. . .