Ceremonies of Thanksgiving, sometimes bridging two cultures

Ceremonies of Thanksgiving, sometimes bridging two culturesTen bare-chested men stand around a large glowing fire pit, their breath creating furious clouds around their faces in the biting November cold.

They chant, beat a drum, pray and then strip down to their shorts. One after another, they crawl on their hands and knees into a dome-shaped sweat lodge that awaits them on a patch of snowy land in Minnetonka.

Ancient red gum's new lease on life

Ancient red gumONE of the oldest trees in Sydney's Botanic Gardens has become their newest sculpture.

Bidjigal man Vic Simms, from La Perouse, is carving the stump of an old forest red gum in the style that some Aboriginal tribes would once mark trees on their tribal boundaries.

Criminals turn to sangomas

Criminals turn to sangomasKwaZulu-Natal criminals, fearful of incarceration and in some instances death in shootouts with police, are turning to traditional healers in KwaZulu-Natal for protection - and “powers” to execute their crimes.

Some sangomas are cashing in on the trend, sometimes earning tens of thousands of rands at a time. They have revealed some of the chilling details of what criminals say they plan to do.

First Sighting of Lost Amazon Tribe

First Sighting of Lost Amazon TribeTWO Amazon women dodge among jungle huts � after their secret lost tribe in Peru boobed by being discovered.

The bare-breasted natives belong to a group of nomads never previously known to exist.

Astonished nature reserve staff were on the lookout for illegal loggers when they stumbled upon them crossing a river as they hunted for food.

Lake Tahoe's Cave Rock court case inspires book

Lake TahoeA precedent-setting court case concerning a Lake Tahoe landmark so intrigued author Michael Makley that he teamed up with his historian son Matthew to write about it.

The result, "Cave Rock: Climbers, Courts, and a Washoe Indian Sacred Place," (University of Nevada Press, $24.95 paperback) examines the court cases involved in the Washoe tribe's successful attempt to ban rock climbing at the South Shore site.