The other game: lessons from how life is played in Mexican villages

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Orbis Books, Feb 28, 2008 - History - 191 pages
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The authors ask you to consider playing a new game, one in which everyone has a chance to win. They invite you into a community which can make the world bigger, richer, and more exciting for you, as their life among the Mixtec peoples has for them. You will visit villages that have existed for thousands of years, meet their inhabitants, and talk with them about life, economics, work, and family. You will see how their way of life presents concrete 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. Far from being a romantic throwback to a lost paradise, the indigenous society in this book -- so close yet so far-- offers us strong contemporary options at a turning point in our own history.

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Contents

Invitation
1
Cultural Genetics
13
A Glimpse into the Mixtec World
21
Copyright

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Phil Dahl-Bredine lives with his wife Kathy in the village of San Isidro, Tilantongo in the Mixteca Alta of Oaxaca. They both have worked almost 7 years with indigenous villages as part of their work with the Maryknoll Lay Missioner Association. Phil has an M.A. in Philosophy from Northwestern University and has worked for decades with Catholic Worker communities in cities, farmed in Wisconsin, and worked more than 20 years with projects in the Chicano community of southern New Mexico.

Stephen Hicken has been working in the area of international relations and cross-cultural issues for 26 years. For the last three years he has been working with Services for An Alternative Education, AC, a Oaxacan founded and managed not-for-profit working to strengthen local indigenous governments and their economies. The Other Game draws on his experiences in the USA, Venezuela and Mexico over the last quarter century.