Native Spirituality, Like the Buffalo, is Staging a Comeback
ST. LOUIS—The feathers, the jewelry and the mighty buffalo began to disappear many sunsets ago, but the spirituality of Native peoples is so strong that it remains intact.
Chiefs, medicine priests, tribal elders and others intimate with ancient spirituality say that even though many Native peoples embrace Christianity and other religions, they still hold on to their traditional spiritual beliefs. Today, however, many also incorporate Native spirituality with European, African and Asian religions.
The 44th annual American Indian Day brought the sights, sounds and culture of California’s indigenous peoples to Palomar students on September 27.
Originally instated in 1968 by then Gov. Ronald Reagan, American Indian Day is a statewide celebration honoring California’s more than 100 Native American tribes. Palomar’s event kicked off with a presentation highlighting Indian “bird songs” followed by a gathering that included food and musical performances by a group of Cahuilia Indian musicians.
Dozens of Aborigines representing various tribes throughout the country yesterday gathered on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office to voice their anger at the Republic of China (ROC) government’s occupation of Aboriginal land as they performed a traditional ritual to drive away evil spirits.Peru shaman murders investigated
The Peruvian government is sending a team of officials to a remote region of the Amazon jungle to investigate the deaths of 14 shamans who were killed in a string of brutal murders.
The traditional healers, all from the Shawi ethnic group, were murdered in separate incidents over the last 20 months, allegedly at the behest of a local mayor.
Peru’s Ministry of Culture announced that it would investigate reports of the deaths of traditional Shawi healers in the northern Peruvian region of Alto Amazonas and persistently high rates of hepatitis B among Candoshi and Shapra communities in that region recently.
At a press conference on October 3, Vicente Otta, vice minister for intercultural affairs, said the two problems “have not been addressed as urgently as they deserved.”