Luigi Morelli was born in the US and left very early to live in South America, Africa, and for the most part Europe, then returned 22 years ago. Being both a native and a foreigner he has the interest and the detachment to look at the American spirit dispassionately.
Luigi is devoted to social activism and spirituality and has carried these interests in his professional life, first in building a business promoting the practice of ecologically sound practices in landscaping, then in working with developmentally disabled adults. He has explored alternative lifestyles (in the international organizations Camphill and L'Arche) in which service to the developmentally disabled is carried hand in hand with a free, inclusive and non-dogmatic spirituality.
This dedication to social work and social change from a spiritual perspective also permeates his writings. His interest focuses on those events in history in which change was introduced through the inspiration of the spirit, rather than simple political change. Additionally, he believes that myth and legends speak a language that offers a complement to history and hard facts. This integration of the two he achieves in Hidden America and the forthcoming Black Elk, Herald of a New Age and Spiritual Turning Points of North American History. Hidden America offers a wholly new way of understanding figures like Franklin, Washington, Pocahontas and others and the historical events they were part of.