Councilor calls for return of traditional Aboriginal hunting

Councilor calls for return of traditional Aboriginal huntingAn Aboriginal councilor at the Hualien County Council yesterday urged the central government to amend the Wildlife Conservation Act (野生動物保育法) so that Aborigines can regain the liberty to engage in traditional hunting practices.
Hualien County Councilor Yu Hsia-fu (余夏夫) of the Amis tribe said police stationed at Taroko National Park had arrested many Aborigines recently on suspicion of engaging in what was termed “illegal hunting.”

Summit Outside: Magpies: Scourge or shaman?

Summit Outside: Magpies: Scourge or shaman?A “tiding,” “gulp,” “murder” or “charm?” These are the terms or collective nouns used for groups, or assemblages of magpies. A “murder” is also used for a group of crows (“Murder of Crows” is also a title for a film), and magpies belong to the crow family. Magpies have lived in close association with humans for many centuries, and their brash behaviors have inspired all kinds of tales and superstition such as the cartoon characters “Heckle and Jeckle” — implying that their loud screeching or cacophony is somewhat abrasive or offensive.

The Inughuit tribe of Northern Greenland

The Inughuit tribe of Northern GreenlandThe Inughuit tribe of Northern Greenland live where temperatures can plummet to minus 40 degrees celsius, where winter darkness prevails 24 hours a day, and the diet consists of walrus and whale blubber.

In India, owl's mythic power, pop culture presence fuels illegal trading

In India, owlIN MEERUT, INDIA Mehmood Ali is a carpenter by day and shaman by night. He says he heals people battling anxiety, sleeplessness, curses and misfortune.
The soft-spoken, 50-year-old Ali uses body parts of owls in his elaborate sorcery rituals for healing. Trade in owls was made illegal in India in 1972, but trafficking for such rituals is carried on clandestinely across the country.

Research shows spiritual beliefs preserve rainforests

Research shows spiritual beliefs preserve rainforestsA recent study suggests that indigenous cultural beliefs such as shamanism help to preserve rainforests and their wildlife.
The report is the result of a large body of data collected by scientists along with indigenous Wapishana and Makushi Indians of Guyana who were trained to conduct wildlife population counts