NSWC Port Hueneme celebrates Native Heritage Month
On Nov. 29, 2011, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Port Hueneme paid homage to the country’s first Americans during the organization’s annual observance of Native American Indian and Alaskan Native (NAI-AN) Heritage Month.
NSWC Port Hueneme Division Technical Director Tim Troske provided opening remarks for the occasion, noting its importance for nurturing diversity and recognizing the valuable contributions of Native Americans. “It not only reflects the value of diversity that NSWC Port Hueneme cultivates each and every day,” he said, “it also enables us to offer special recognition to the original people of this land for their enduring spirit and achievements that have helped shape our great nation.”
A Saudi woman was beheaded after being convicted of practicing "witchcraft and sorcery," according to the Saudi Interior Ministry, at least the second such execution for sorcery this year.
The woman, Amina bint Abdulhalim Nassar, was executed in the northern Saudi province of al-Jawf on Monday.
With the cooperation of politicians and grassroots organizations, Bolivia is set to pass the Law of Mother Earth which will grant nature the same rights and protections as humans. The piece of legislation, called la Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra, is intended to encourage a radical shift in conservation attitudes and actions, to enforce new control measures on industry, and to reduce environmental destruction.The earth mother of all neolithic discoveries
French archaeologists have discovered an extremely rare example of a neolithic "earth mother" figurine on the banks of the river Somme.
The 6,000-year-old statuette is 8in high, with imposing buttocks and hips but stubby arms and a cone-like head. Similar figures have been found before in Europe but rarely so far north and seldom in such a complete and well-preserved condition
A man with his own blood dripping over his torso makes guttural noises, before placing his hands on a pilgrim to cleanse him.
The bloodied entity embodies the spirit of a Viking, and is believed to have healing powers.
In a trance, he pushes the pilgrim to the ground, who appears shocked and dulled.
Thousands of followers of the cult of Maria Lionza enter into such purifications, spiritual acts and rituals every October.