Stimulus Greed Endangers Tribe's Cultural History, American Indians Say

Stimulus Greed Endangers TribeIt is not exactly the mortgage mess, but it strikes a similar chord.

When Congress passed the economic stimulus package
in 2009, it promised billions of dollars to “shovel ready” government projects that could get up and running quickly. But the scramble for the flood of money led to some shortcuts being taken to meet start-up deadlines -- leaving problems that will have to be dealt with later.

Harry Potter to blame for India's owls disappearing?

Harry Potter to blame for IndiaIt's no magic trick. Harry Potter, the fictional boy wizard, is making owls disappear in India, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh says.

His comments came during a presentation of a new report by a conservation group, Traffic, which offered a new study blaming a black market for trading in the highly endangered owl species in India.

The report says the owls are often being trapped for black-magic rituals. "Shaman or black magic practitioners frequently referred to as tantriks in India, prescribe the use of owls and their body parts such as skull, feathers, ear tuffs, claws, heart, liver, kidney, blood, eyes, fat, beak, tears, eggshells, meat and bones for ceremonial pujas and rituals."

Saving Pakistan's Last Pagan Tribe

Saving PakistanSome call members of the Kalash tribe the descendants of Alexander the Great. A unique race living in the lap of the mighty Hindu Kush range for centuries with an independent socio-cultural identity that follows traditions similar to Indo-Iranian culture (Vedic and pre-Zoroastrian), the Kalash are often referred to as “the only pagan tribe in Pakistan.”

US arrests indigenous Colombian healer

US arrests indigenous Colombian healerJuan Bautista Agreda Chindoy, an indigenous healer from Colombia's Valle de Sibundoy, was arrested in Houston airport, U.S., El Tiempo reports.

On October 19 the medicine man travelled to the United States to give a healing session on Ayahuasca, a herbal mixture.

Border police arrested the indigenous healer due to the exotic herbs in his possession.

"He has been treated like a drug dealer but he is an indigenous healer," Agreda's family insists.

Ibans to invoke spirits against 'irresponsible' loggers

Ibans to invoke spirits against KAPIT: Some 200 Iban elders and chieftains will seek the help of their “Petara” (gods) to punish those who were responsibile for the logjam in Rajang River and its tributary Baleh River.

According to an Iban shaman, who refused to be identified, they will be performing the traditional “miring” (ritual) next month to seek the help of the spirits because the government has refused to act against those responsible for the logjam.