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Raging Amazon Forest Fires Threaten Uncontacted Indigenous Tribe

Raging Amazon Forest Fires Threaten Uncontacted Indigenous TribeFires are raging in Awá territory on the edge of the Brazilian Amazon and threatening to wipe out uncontacted members of the Awá tribe.... More

Native American Pipeline Protest Halts Construction in N. Dakota

Native American Pipeline Protest Halts Construction in N. DakotaConstruction halted after more than 1,000 people swarm to protest the Dakota Access pipeline they believe threatens the Missouri River.... More

Native Americans are Getting Arrested Fighting a Pipeline that Disrupts Their Sacred Grounds

Native Americans are Getting Arrested Fighting a Pipeline that Disrupts Their Sacred GroundsNearly 400 protesters gathered to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.8-billion system. So far, 16 members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have been arrested... More

Native Americans Plan to Make History in the US Election

Native Americans Plan to Make History in the US ElectionEight indigenous candidates are running for Congress, up from two in 2014. Over 90 are running for state legislatures, again exceeding previous years.... More

Highest Peak in South Dakota Renamed for Oglala Lakota Medicine Man

Highest Peak in South Dakota Renamed for Oglala Lakota Medicine ManA federal board has officially changed South Dakota's Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak. This isn't just any peak, the 7,242-foot promontory is the tallest point in South Dakota.... More

Native Americans Locked in Standoff with Dakota Access Pipeline

Native Americans Locked in Standoff with Dakota Access PipelineHundreds of Native Americans have been protesting against the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota, with the protests leading to arrests and the developers fi... More

President Obama Announces 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference

President Obama Announces 2016 White House Tribal Nations ConferencePresident Obama will host the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, DC. This will be the President’s eighth and final Tribal Nations Conference, providing trib... More

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Wisdom Keeper of The Month

Don José Matsuwa

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Don José Matsuwa was the renowned  shaman from Mexico who passed away in 1990 at the age of 110. He was a farmer, healer, and master ceremonial leader, and a revered
and respected elder throughout the Sierras.
He dedicated his whole life to completing the sacred path of the shaman and it is his life and vision that are the inspirations for the Dance of the Deer Foundation. Before he died he left Brant Secunda this message: “I leave you in my place. Tell your people to pray and follow the deer all the way to their hearts.”

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Book of The Month

Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy

By Mircea Eliade, Willard R. Trask, Wendy Doniger

Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy by Mircea Eliade, Willard R. Trask, Wendy DonigerFirst published in 1951, Shamanism soon became the standard work in the study of this mysterious and fascinating phenomenon. Writing as the founder of the modern study of the history of
religion, Romanian émigré--scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986) surveys the practice of Shamanism over two and a half millennia of human history, moving from the Shamanic traditions of Siberia and Central Asia--where Shamanism was first observed--to North and South America, Indonesia, Tibet, China, and beyond. In this authoritative survey, Eliade illuminates the magico-religious life of societies that give primacy of place to the figure of the Shaman--at once magician and medicine man, healer and miracle-doer, priest, mystic, and poet. Synthesizing the approaches of psychology, sociology, and ethnology, Shamanism will remain for years to come the reference book of choice for those intrigued by this practice.

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Film of The Month

Shaman of the Andes

By Steve Ford

Shaman of the Andes by Steve Ford Shot in the mountain communities of northern Ecuador, Shaman of the Andes explores the fascinating world of the shaman and the Quechua Indians, and examines how indigenous culture contends with the
modern world. Viewers are taken on a journey into the ancient world of the shaman with captivating scenes of curing rituals shot inside the shaman’s consultorio. The film explores how ancient mountain gods, Catholicism, globalization, traditional healing and modern medicine are elements in the life of the shaman and the Quechua Indians. Shaman of the Andes is not only the story of a traditional Quechua shaman and his culture, the film is also an exploration of a culture living in the margin between the traditional past and the modern world.

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