After fascinating discovery of Cheddar Gorge bones, why were so many ancient Britons cannibals?
With a bloodcurdling shriek, the shaman raised his stone dagger high above his head before plunging it into the chest of his young female victim.
The pretty 17-year-old had been chosen by lot. To die in this manner was, after all, an honour, a way of winning the favour of the gods and guaranteeing a period of plenty for her friends and family.
In Australian Aboriginal cultures, the night sky is a book full of ancient stories illustrated with constellations unfamiliar to most North Americans.
And for Aborigines, the figures represented by constellations aren't always created by connecting the bright lights of the stars. Instead, some of the most important Aboriginal constellations are found in the dark spaces of the cosmos that linger between the stars.
Canada's greatest claim to sovereignty in the North is the presence of the Inuit and other aboriginal peoples who live there.
They have, against all odds, survived on the frozen tundra for centuries – and they are committed Canadians. Any effort to assert Arctic sovereignty and security, including over the Northwest Passage, has to begin with a recognition of the critical role aboriginal people, and the Canadian Rangers, have played.
"I was born on the prairie where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no inclosures and where everything drew a free breath. I want to die there and not within walls."
Balancing the benefits of belief and its ability to do harm is one of the challenges facing aboriginals.
In First Nation communities across the country, medicine men are sought out by the people for myriad reasons, including attempting to cure an illness, seeking good luck, putting bad medicine on an enemy or foe, and removing bad medicine. Sounds like fiction, doesn't it? But, in fact, Indian medicine men are busy, and many charge for their services.