Indigenous leaders call for constitutional change

Indigenous leaders call for constitutional changeSeveral Aboriginal leaders will meet Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin today to ask her to consider changing the Australian constitution.

Ms Macklin is due to arrive at the Garma Festival in eastern Arnhem Land this morning.

Prominent Indigenous people like Noel Pearson, Marcia Langton and Galarrwuy Yunupingu say it is time Indigenous people were recognised in the nation's supreme law.

Sweat lodges traditional part of Native American culture, purification ceremonies

Sweat lodges traditional part of Native American culture, purification ceremoniesDeep inside Turkey Creek Ranch there is a small dome hut made of willow branches and covered with heavy blankets and tarps. The Lakotas call it an Inipi, a sweat lodge.

Here, Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, their families and supporters come to pray in a traditional Native American purification ceremony. Inside the Inipi, they leave their inner "pollution" in the hot stones, said Michael Hackwith, a Lakota Sundance spiritual leader and retired U.S. Marine who runs the lodge at Turkey Creek Ranch, about 10 miles south of Fort Carson on State Highway 115.

Roots of eastern mysticism found within the western world

Roots of eastern mysticism found within the western worldGroundbreaking new research has revealed a very different origin for the western world than anything we have been led to believe. And what is most striking about these discoveries is that they not only tell us about our past - they also guide us to live a fuller and much richer life today.
A Story Waiting to Pierce You: Mongolia, Tibet and the Destiny of the Modern World by Peter Kingsley tells the true but forgotten story of extraordinary people who arrived in Europe over 2,000 years ago from as far afield as Central Asia and Tibet.

Canvases Tell Stories of Aboriginal Dreaming

Canvases Tell Stories of Aboriginal DreamingFor several millenniums, the indigenous people of Australia told stories in different ways. Sometimes, they shared tales by word of mouth. Other times, they drew pictures in the sand or painted their bodies.

But none of it was recorded permanently, simply because they never saw a need for it.

Then, in the 1970s, something changed. An art teacher named Geoff Bardon asked a group of people from the Papunya tribe to paint their stories as murals on a school wall. This led to a contemporary art movement of other Aboriginal people recording their own stories on canvas.

Herbalists go native

Herbalists go nativeAs North Coast plant maven Nancy Kissam likes to point out, every geographic area has “its own medicine chest.”
“It's not like everyone was sitting around waiting for the Europeans to come with theirs,” she says with a chuckle.

Many of the familiar herbs used culinarily and for folk remedies with Old World roots have New World counterparts. Even closer to home, California itself has many local herbs that served the needs of Native American tribes and settlers.