Save the planet a message from another world

Save the planet  a message from another worldJacinto Zarabata sits in a suburban back garden in north London and unselfconsciously uses a stick to probe the inside of a gourd, which is shaped like a rather phallic mushroom with a bright yellow cap. The first member of the Kogi people of Colombia ever to visit Britain is wearing traditional rough cotton clothes and has a cloth bag slung over each shoulder as he chews toasted coca leaves.

"Hidden" Language Found in Remote Indian Tribe

"Hidden" Language Found in Remote Indian TribeA "hidden" language has been documented in an isolated hill tribe in a northeastern Indian region considered a "black hole" in the study of languages, linguists announced today.

The new language, Koro, is spoken by about a thousand people in Arunachal Pradesh (map), a state for which little linguistic data exist, due to restrictive entry policies, according to the linguists behind the findings.


WECeremony acknowledges centuries of mistreatment of Native Americans

Mennonites, Amish, Quakers, Presbyterians and government officials all laid down the stones of their misdeeds against Native Americans for the last 300 years.

They publicly acknowledged and apologized for the wrongs at a service Saturday morning at a crowded First Presbyterian Church in downtown Lancaster.

Their statements were formally received by a wide cross-section of local and regional Native Americans.

The service and a dedication of a Native American longhouse site at the Hans Herr House and Museum that followed were part of the Lancaster Roots celebration of the tricentennial anniversary of Lancaster County.

Vermont tribes move a step closer to recognition by state

Vermont tribes move a step closer to recognition by stateMONTPELIER, VT. - Members of Vermont Indian tribes have renewed hope for state recognition, which some have been seeking for decades and which the Abenaki tribe needs to sell its signature baskets and other crafts as Indian-made.

The 'two-spirit' people of indigenous North Americans

The Native Americans have often held intersex, androgynous people, feminine males and masculine females in high respect. The most common term to define such persons today is to refer to them as "two-spirit" people, but in the past feminine males were sometimes referred to as "berdache" by early French explorers in North America, who adapted a Persian word "bardaj", meaning an intimate male friend. Because these androgynous males were commonly married to a masculine man, or had sex with men, and the masculine females had feminine women as wives, the term berdache had a clear homosexual connotation. Both the Spanish settlers in Latin America and the English colonists in North America condemned them as "sodomites".