Medicine Wheel Clans Gather in Belfair and Shelton

Medicine Wheel Clans Gather in Belfair and SheltonBELFAIR — Earth eagle feathers, smoke wafting from a smoldering piece of white sage, soft drum beats and 36 symbolic stones placed on a red, wool cloth “medicine wheel” laid in the center of the room are all a part of the semi-monthly gatherings led by Gene Johnson, also known by his Indian name, Red Buffalo. Members come to participate in ceremonies to honor the connectedness of Earth and all living things, learn about and follow the medicine wheel teachings about self-awareness, and to support each other to walk in balance on Earth Mother.

WHO moves to classify traditional medicines

WHO moves to classify traditional medicinesThe World Health Organization (WHO) will create a web-based classification system for traditional medicines to help bring them out from "the dark side of the planet of health information."

The project will hopefully lead to greater recognition of traditional healing techniques and more objective research into their efficacy, adds Dr. T. Bedirhan �st�n, who's heading the project to develop the international information standards.

Whatever Happened To ... the shaman of Wall Street?

Whatever Happened To ... the shaman of Wall Street?Two years ago, Larry Ford had no misgivings about how others might perceive him. "Some people would say I've absolutely lost my rocker," he told The Washington Post Magazine in December 2008.
Ford, 48, has been living a double life: He's a successful financial adviser to the powerhouses of Wall Street, and he's also a shaman, or spiritual healer. After a personal epiphany 12 years ago, Ford has made it his mission to help others create "a life of purpose."

Archaeologist Studies Ancient Food for Thought

Archaeologist Studies Ancient Food for ThoughtNatalie Munro is a zooarchaeologist, that is, an archaeologist who studies the remains of animals collected by humans in the archaeological record. Her data includes animal skeletal remains (bones and teeth) that most often represent the garbage of past human meals. She uses ecological models to study the interactions between humans and animals in the past.

Paraguay: Indigenous Peoples tell their own stories

Paraguay: Indigenous Peoples tell their own storiesAmnesty International has facilitated a unique photographic project that helps two Indigenous communities in Paraguay tell their own stories through the pictures they take.
The organization, alongside NGOs Photovoice and the Paraguayan NGO Tierra Viva, backed the project that enables the Yakye Axa and the Sawhoyamaxa communities, who have been fighting to regain the right to live on their ancestral lands, to take photographs that reflect their struggle and tell the stories of their daily lives.