A wild weekend in the country

A wild weekend in the countryWEARING a frilly dress and heavy makeup, the man strides down the aisle clutching a golden bowl in one hand and a golden cock in the other. His audience is made up mainly of old ladies, and when he starts to dance they go ballistic, deploying clenched fists and knobbly elbows in the crush to reach the front of the crowd.

Forget household coconuts and small tree shrines – this is nat worship, Taungbyone-style.

Mishicot shaman Teri Nehring learns ancient Peruvian healing practices

Mishicot shaman Teri Nehring learns ancient Peruvian healing practicesTeri Nehring, a petite blonde from Mishicot, is an unlikely shaman.

“It’s like entering the priesthood … you feel that you are called to this path,” she said as she spread out her medicine bundle, a colorful hand-woven cloth filled with healing stones, bottle caps, beads and pieces of wood.

“This is an old practice but it’s new coming into this area,” said Nehring, a psychotherapist for the Oneida Tribe of Indians in the Green Bay area.

A search for alternative medicine led her to learn ancient Peruvian healing practices in the South American country known as home to one of the oldest human civilizations.

“What’s so mystical about Peru is they’ve tapped into the energy of the Earth. They take that energy and have been able to integrate it into how to live your life,” Nehring said.

Ancient mass banquet remains found

Ancient mass banquet remains foundHumans were organising mass banquets to foster community spirit 12,000 years ago, scientists have learned.
A team excavating a burial cave in Galilee, northern Israel, uncovered the remains of at least 71 tortoises and three wild cattle.
The shells and bones showed evidence of the animals being cooked and butchered for human consumption.

Shaman cave on the Olkhon Island: Baikal Lake legends

Shaman cave on the Olkhon Island: Baikal Lake legendsOlkhon Island is usually called "heart of Baikal". It is situated in the centre of Baikal Lake and combines all the types of Baikal ecosystems, including taiga, rocky mountains and steppes. The local public, the Buryats, believes this place is a cacred one, and its sights, like Burkhan cape (or Shaman cape) with a Shaman cave are tied with such idea. Olkhon has long been a kind of Mecca for the shamanistic world of Siberia. Moreover, Olkhon is an unbelievable beautiful place, free of typical Siberian evil, spoiling the effect from outdoor leisure - mosquitoes and ticks.

Aboriginal academy launched

Aboriginal academy launchedAN Aboriginal academy offering employment and life skills to help the indigenous community enter the workforce was launched in Joondalup this week.

Kaila Riley (23), who spoke at the event, was one of the first students to train at the Aboriginal Academy of Sport, Health and Education.

“The opportunity to be one of the first students to train at the academy and what I have achieved through my training there has changed my life,” Kaila said.