Inupiaq artist battles occupational 'nonexistence'
"My 'job' does not exist in my culture." An Inupiaq artist opens with that observation in an essay on the dilemma of the artist in traditional Eskimo culture. The fact that her creations are not simply tools for survival can leave her vulnerable to suspicion that she is glorifying shamanism.>>>
By now everyone more or less knows about Ayahuasca: the Vine of the Soul. And for those that don't know that much, hereby I offer the briefest summary.
Ayahuasca is a 'magic' shamanic jungle drink that has been around tribal societies in the Amazon for at least some 10.000 years or so. It has been used for healing, devination, social integration, artistic and religeous inspiration, and other shamanic useages. Through 'scouts' this drink has found its way to other cultures such as the Meztizo's in South America, >>>
Proposals Would be First Step Toward Protecting, Promoting Province’s Linguistic Heritage.
New legislation which would recognize Cree, Dakota, Dene, Inuktitut, Michif, Ojibway and Oji-Cree as the Aboriginal languages of Manitoba was introduced today in the legislature by Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson.>>>
A Brazilian judge on Tuesday suspended the bidding process on one of the world's largest hydroelectric dam projects for a third time.
Judge Antonio Carlos Almeida ruled in favor of an environmental organization that claims the project would cause serious social and environmental damages.
Bidding had started Tuesday after another judge overturned a previous suspension, but the new ruling kept the results from being announced.>>>
The hospital stands in the middle of a world of traditions: of Hopi clowns dancing around centuries-old villages, of Navajo elders tending their sheep, of customs as ancient as the winds that buffet the mesas and desert lands that stretch to the horizon.
And so, even at this center of modern medicine on the 27,000-square-mile Navajo Nation, it's not unusual to see Native medicine men attending the sick.
They might perform ceremonies to rid patients of bad spirits or offer song and prayer in blessing a room where someone has died.>>>