Don Américo and Don Juan Nuñez del Prado were the only two students of non-Indian origin who for many years were taught by the Don Benito Qoriwaman. But on his deathbed Don Benito told that he had taught Juan and Américo both a different path of the tradition.
While Juan was taught the right path (the mystical side focus on structure and logic. Also called the male, tamed side or the side of the ‘dog’), Don Benito had taught Américo the left side of the path (the magic, female and untamed side, also the side of the ‘wolf’), the path to learn and work with the ”wild” and untamed energy called ‘Salka’ .
Américo is an internationally recognized Peruvian mystic and poet. Initiated by the Q’ero as a young man, he is a chakaruna, or living bridge of feeling between cultures. A master in moving energy, he is particularly adept in guiding Western minds in opening their hearts to connect their filaments with the Cosmos. Don Américo and the Q’ero have been written about in Calling Our Spirits Home and Standing Stark by Carla Woody, Keepers of the Ancient Knowledge by Joan Parisi Wilcox as well as articles in Shaman’s Drum and many other publications.
Gayle Yábar has been walking the path of the nagual, a guide tracking Salka, nearly his entire life. Through the transmission from his father, renowned Andean mystic Don Américo Yábar, and the circle of Q’ero elders, Gayle has the innate abilities of the puma and the full heart required to show others the ways of connection.
The Q’eros call themselves the children of Inkari, the first Inka. They live in isolation at 17,000 feet in the Andes, as they have for the hundreds of years after the conquistadors came, preserving the ancient mystical and shamanic traditions. They are the most untouched by Western culture of any indigenous peoples in theAmericas. From them, we can learn about pachacuti, the stepping outside of time, and living in ayni, sacred reciprocity.