Witch doctor predicts South Africa win on Friday
It takes three days for Winnie Nsimbi to concoct her secret potion from herbs, plants, crocodile and cobra parts, and the fat of a lion. But it could be the hidden weapon that helps an African soccer team to beat its competitors.
“It makes you strong,” she says. “It makes the other players tired, and it lets you run stronger.”
She points to another favourite ingredient: the ostrich bones that hang from the ceiling of her small shop at the Mai Mai market, Johannesburg’s leading purveyor of traditional medicine and spiritualism. “Ostrich gives you speed and helps you run faster,” she explains.
On a Saturday night in May, 15 middle-aged teachers, doctors, and artists — dressed in matching white garb — enter a South Miami home. A cloud of sage smoke makes the tidy suburban townhouse smell like a head shop. They pay $96, climb a set of stairs, and sit in a circle in a roomful of pillows. Then they turn off the lights.
In minutes, a Chilean shaman appears with a mystical healing brew. He sits in front of an altar and whistles as each person drinks from an eight-ounce cup. After a half-hour, they launch into a powerful hallucinogenic trip. For these 15 people, the all-night ceremony is a deeply religious experience.
Pipe ceremonies, teepee raisings, fiddle music — it sounds like Southern Plains Métis Local 160 is planning another National Aboriginal Day celebration in the Friendly City.
On June 20, all Moose Javians are invited and encouraged to attend the second annual local celebration of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, starting at 10 a.m. Last year, Moose Jaw’s National Aboriginal Day was held in Happy Valley Park. This year, the Métis Local 160 decided to locate the event city centre.
For one day every year the community of Nguiu on the Tiwi Islands opens its arms to the world.
Not unlike other remote Aboriginal communities, Bathurst and Melville Islands have their share of problems.
Abject poverty, among other social issues, are sadly part of daily life.
However, those visitors who take the time to closely observe their surroundings will notice a plethora of minute differences.
Clean clothes are hung on the line to dry, chairs sit upright on
The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site is one of the finest outdoor art installations in the world. And it's 10 000 years old
WE'VE come to see the "finest outdoor art gallery in the world" - and we're facing a few of the realities of outdoor galleries. We've only been walking for a few minutes and our shoes and jeans are soaked through from the wet grass. It's early in the morning and the mist is still thick in the valley so, for now, we can't see where we're headed.