Pagan police join the party

Pagan police join the partyThat the nation's police force should be entitled to days off is beyond question. That their personal practices should come under scrutiny, that they may be extending their weekend to walk labyrinths, drink mead or dance skyclad while chanting at the elements, seems a little more suspect.

The Pagan Police Association claimed yesterday that it had been recognised by the Home Office as a "diversity staff support association" – a >>>

Curandero offers folk healing through herbalism, faith

Curandero offers folk healing through herbalism, faithWhen a woman came to Alberto Salinas Jr. recently about her marital problems, the "curandero" knew exactly what to do.

The woman wanted her first husband to leave her alone and her current husband to come home; he’d left because of family problems and she wanted him to come back, so Salinas told her to light candles.

"I told what candles to buy," he said. "They’re candles to folk saints, like Don Pedrito Jaramillo.">>>

Mission trip to Africa changes Brandon woman's outlook on life

Mission trip to Africa changes Brandon womanTwenty-two-year-old Brandon resident Alicia Medina spent the first two months of the year in South Africa, building homes for orphans and tending to dying AIDS patients.
"I thought I'd be one of the emotional ones and fall apart, but God held me together," she said.
Medina, a front-desk representative for Holiday Inn Express, lives at home with her parents, Nora and Nelson Medina, and sisters, Stephanie and Beth. Her brother, Michael, his wife, Dana, and their three children live nearby.>>>

What is a traditional healer?

What is a traditional healer?Last week I opened the idea of defining traditional healers. One reader was surprised when I said I wasn't a traditional healer and wanted to know why. I wanted to give my answers and to develop the concept of traditional healer more and to introduce a concept of healers who are informed by traditional healing and healers, but are not themselves traditional healers. I would be one of those.o me, a traditional healer has lived his or her entire life in a reservation setting and is fully immersed in the life of the community. He or she has been a helper to an older healer for years >>>

Aboriginal stories go beyond political drama in The Experimental Eskimos and Six Miles DeepFilmmaker

Aboriginal stories go beyond political drama in The Experimental Eskimos and Six Miles DeepFilmmakerFilmmaker Barry Greenwald initially thought he was going to create a documentary about a government-directed social-engineering experiment involving three Inuit boys in the early 1960s. By the time he finished The Experimental Eskimos he realized that he had exposed a hidden chapter of Canadian history involving three Inuit political giants.>>>