BTW 17: Flower Worlds, Singing Deer, and Tree Mysteries with Dr. David Delgado Shorter


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We are SO EXCITED to present to you this very special episode with guest Dr. David Delgado Shorter where we discuss the Flower Worlds of the Yaqui people of northern Mexico. In this cosmology there are nine interlocking worlds filled with magical creatures. Reality is danced and sung into being. Flowers are messengers from Spirit. In the Western Mystery traditions, the suit of wands relates to the wisdom flowers and trees, and in this episode we get to hear a radically different perspective on these beings. Dr. Shorter has studied with the Yaqui for over 20 years and helps us understand the indigenous view of the enchanted world of plants, brought into being through relationship and ritual.


Find out more about our special guest, Dr. David Delgado Shorter ...

Visit his website,

Read his book "We Will Dance Our Truth: Yaqui History in Yoeme Performances" or his many other books.

Check out his various websites on Indigenous Studies.

Read his brilliant essays.

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Amanda's References In This Episode Include:

  • "We Will Dance Our Truth: Yaqui History in Yoeme Performences," by David Delgado Shorter.

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Amanda Yates Garcia (host) & Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs (producer). Often with editing help from Jiha Lee. Special guest this episode is Dr. David Delgado Shorter. The BTW logo collage was created by Maria Minnis ( / ) with text designed by Leah Hayes.

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