Two spirit love on the rez

Two spirit love on the rez“They were bawling their eyes out,” Waawaate Fobister recalls. Fobister had just performed Agokwe, his award-winning play about gay love on the rez, for the first time in front of all his native peers in Kenora, Ontario.
"I had really jock-y guys going, 'Fuck man, that was a really good play, yo!'" says Waawaate Fobister, recalling the first time he performed his award-winning play Agokwe in front of his native peers. The play opens in Vancouver on Jan 17.

“I’m Dangerous With Love”

“I’m Dangerous With Love”“I’m Dangerous With Love” is about addiction and rehabilitation, activism and shamanism. Dimitri Mugianis who starts out as the heavily addicted front man for the band Leisure Class ends his long drug and alcohol addiction with an experimental treatment that uses the hallucinogen ibogaine.

Why the Pascua Yaqui Prayer Matters for Tucson

Why the Pascua Yaqui Prayer Matters for TucsonIt is fitting and proper that Dr. Carlos Gonzales offers a prayer at tonight's memorial for the victims, survivors and their families of the shooting that left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition. Dr. Gonzales is an associate professor at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine. He is a medical doctor. He is also a Pascua Yaqui Indian who embraces his culture and is learning the ways of traditional healing.

A guide to the door of the underworld

A guide to the door of the underworldOTTAWA — At 84, Sheila Wright was sick, bereft, and tired of life. She’d lost her brother and husband, and she could no longer ski, skate, or play tennis; a heartbreaker for a woman who had won a mixed open doubles tournament just four years earlier.

Hmong community mourns revered cultural leader Vang Pao

Hmong community mourns revered cultural leader Vang PaoNao Shoua Xiong started to cry as he watched an online news report Friday about Gen. Vang Pao's death.
Xiong, 54, of Wausau is a strong man. He fought in a war. He has been uprooted from his home. He lived in a refugee camp. He started over in America. He's a Hmong shaman and statewide clan leader who has shown courage in speaking out against wrongs such as domestic abuse.