UN expert calls for culturally sensitive reforms for indigenous people in Australia

UN expert calls for culturally sensitive reforms for indigenous people in Australia Despite recent advancements in tackling the human rights of indigenous people in Australia, an independent United Nations expert today called on the country’s authorities to develop new social and economic initiatives and to reform existing ones to allow respect for cultural integrity and self-determination.

“Having suffered a history of oppression and racial discrimination, including dispossession of lands and social and cultural upheaval, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples endure severe disadvantage compared with non-indigenous Australians,”>>>

The Aborigines who've walked for 40,000 years

The Aborigines whoImagine a beginning, when man and woman first named the world. A "Songline" or "Dreaming Track" in the Australian outback can still be walked, perhaps by the Arrernte or Pintupi or other Aboriginal peoples, and for them, it is nothing less than creation, the world sung into existence by naming all plants and animals and the landscape itself. Reaching back at least 40,000 years, a singer can find his or her way along the ancient path of one of the "Ancestors" retracing a Lizard Dreaming, or a Kangaroo Dreaming, or a Rain-Maker Dreaming, refreshing existence and "singing up the land".>>>

Pitsane inyangas to sniff out thugs

Pitsane inyangas to sniff out thugsKgosi Mompati Marumoloa on Friday summoned the villages' healers and assigned each to a crime busting cluster. He hopes that the thugs will not be a match for the duo of tradition and modern technology. Last week, the village chief. The chief initially called the inyangas two weeks back, following reports that some thugs were bragging about how they were fortified from police and the courts by some inyanga. The meeting did not materials due to heavy rain. undaunted Kgosi Marumoloa convened the meeting again. This time, traditional doctors, seers and sangoma - about 20 came doctors and healers turned up. They will now be inducted into community policing clusters so that they can play a part in fighting crime. >>>

Powwow unites dance, song and story

Powwow unites dance, song and storyOlissa Dominguez performed the Girls’ Fancy Shawl Dance at Saturday’s Traditional Pow-Wow wearing soft moccasins and a colorful butterfly shawl carefully sewn by her mother and grandmother.

It’s not a costume, she stressed. “It’s called regalia,” the 12-year-old Pacific Middle School student said: traditional Native American garb, hand-made based on designs passed down through generations, which holds meanings not obvious to the casual observer.>>>

Hiking Deep Into Dogon Country in Mali

Hiking Deep Into Dogon Country in MaliA DRY, biting wind swept in from the Sahara as my young guide, David Dolo; my driver, Mahmadou; and I followed a local animist priest up a rocky trail in Dogon country in central Mali. Below us, the village of Hombori stretched across the yellow plain; above, I could make out hollows in the sandstone cliff face — natural grottoes used as burial chambers for more than a thousand years. After trudging for a half-hour up the punishing cliffside path, we stopped before a cave from which emanated a musty smell.>>>