Australian aboriginal arts show in Beijing

Australian aboriginal arts show in BeijingBEIJING, June 11 (Xinhuanet) -- If your knowledge of Australia consists only of Bondi Beach, the Great Barrier Reef, and Sydney Opera House...well, it's time to broaden your horizons.

And we've got the just the place for you to do it. Now, there's a major exhibition of contemporary Australian indigenous paintings and objects at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. The event opened on Wednesday as part of the activities that will kick off Australian Culture Year in China.

Tree of knowledge spawns a canoe to keep an Aboriginal tradition afloat

Tree of knowledge spawns a canoe to keep an Aboriginal tradition afloatMAJOR Sumner is philosophical about his attempt to cut and shape a bark canoe from a mighty red gum. ''It's been a long time since anyone has built a bark canoe so we're just going to have to figure it out as we go," he says.

The tree is on a property on the outskirts of the town of Kalangadoo in south-eastern South Australia.

Sweden's Native People Wait for the Return of Ancient Bones

SwedenGOTHENBURG, Sweden—In the early 20th century, human remains from all over the world were collected in the name of “racial biology,” which was in fashion at the time.

Uppsala University, Sweden's oldest university, housed Sweden's foremost center for this kind of research. Now, the university wants to make amends for its past transgressions.

Human remains have ended up in many different places in the name of research. In 1990, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act was passed in the United States in order to help native people recover these remains.

Witch doctor predicts South Africa win on Friday

Witch doctor predicts South Africa win on FridayIt 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.

Ayahuasca: Believers call the Amazonian plant a sacrament; the state calls it illegal

Ayahuasca: Believers call the Amazonian plant a sacrament; the state calls it illegalOn 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.