In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Comitan De Dominguez,
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Corn is integral to the
cultures of Mexico, Central and South America. As we walked around
we saw food stalls selling roasted, boiled and loose corn.
Did you know that corn is a
human invention? It's a plant that does not exist naturally in the wild. It can
only survive if planted and protected by humans.
Tubs of corn, and corn in cups
with salsa, spices and grated cheese
Scientists believe that
ancient peoples living in central Mexico developed corn at least
7,000 - 10,000 years ago. It was started from a wild grass.
Before corn plants were
domesticated, maize only produced small, 1-inch long corn cobs, and
only one of them per plant. Many centuries of artificial selection
by the indigenous people of the Americas resulted in the development
of the maize plants we know of today, capable of yielding several
cobs per plant and growing as "high as an elephant's eye."
Corn on the cob as we
know it today grilled over a charcoal fire
Often referred to as
humanity’s greatest agronomic achievement, maize is now grown all over the
As the basic grain of the
Americas, it shapes daily meals, and The People of the Corn eventually depended
upon this crop for much of their food. Indigenous cultures consider corn to be
so important, partly because it allows them to live in peace. They have food
security and are not warring with other tribes over trying to feed their
Chayote and corn cooking
in a hot pot
When Europeans like
Columbus made contact with people living in North and South America, corn was a
major part of the diet of most native people. When Columbus stumbled upon
America, he also stumbled upon corn. But up to this time, people living in
Europe did not know about corn.
stands set up nightly in Comitan
Maize spread to the rest of
the world because of its ability to grow in diverse climates.
consider corn to be food of the gods, and in their
Story, they, as humans, were actually made from corn.
Preparation of sacred corn,
in one form or another, takes up much of a
woman's day. It could be planting, watering, harvesting, husking, removing the
kernels, cooking, mashing, or kneading into masa. Once the masa is made, then it
is used in several manners of their cooking; prepared in drinks, sauces or
Tortillas made from corn
are ubiquitous all through the Americas. On just about every corner you will
hear the "slap, slap, slap" of tortillas being made by hand before they are
roasted on a hot griddle.
Corn is an amazing feat of
man and nature working together.
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Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
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independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.