How the peyote plant came to the Indian people
The following is a story taken out of The Peyote Book compiled and edited by Guy Mount...
"Many years ago, my people were traveling from place to place. They went here and they went there stopping only for a night anywhere, and going on again. They were hunting, the way...people used to. At last one woman was very tired. She was pregnant, and she lay down to rest. When she woke, her little son had been born.
The woman was frightened. The village had gone on and left her. She and her new baby were all alone in the world. She didn't know what to do. She struggled to her feet and started on in the direction she thought her people had taken. Soon the woman grew hungry. Her child was crying for food, but until she could eat and drink herself, she could not feed the baby. She sat down beside the trail and cried with fright and desperation.
Then the woman heard a voice speak to her. 'Look beside you,' it said. 'Pick the plant that you will find growing at your left hand. It is food and drink for all the people. Take it with you, and when you find your people give it to them. Tell them to take it with prayer, and it will heal all their ills and sorrows.' The woman looked down, and there she saw a little round green cactus growing. She picked one button and scraped off the white downy fuzz that grew on it. Then she ate the cactus, and although its taste was bitter, she felt herself growing stronger and stronger, her breasts filling with milk for the baby, and all her courage returning. when she had nursed the child she gathered all she could carry of the green peyote cactus, and followed the trail of the village again. By nightfall, she caught up with them. "
- A Yaqui Medicine Woman
Source: Mount, Guy. The Peyote Book. Cottonwood: Sweetlight Books,1993 (p. 16).
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