"It's a Complete Reboot of How We See Things"
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 27, 2010 (IPS) - The blockbuster, critically acclaimed film 'Avatar' portrays the ruthless plundering of a pristine ecosystem on a distant planet by greedy corporate interests – a scenario that is all too familiar to many indigenous communities here on Earth.
IPS correspondent Marguerite A. Suozzi spoke to director James Cameron at a screening of the film during the ongoing ninth session of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Excerpts from the interview follow.>>>
Four common bad habits combined — smoking, drinking too much, inactivity and poor diet — can age you by 12 years, sobering new research suggests.
The findings are from a study that tracked nearly 5,000 British adults for 20 years, and they highlight yet another reason to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
The risky behaviors were: smoking tobacco; downing more than three alcoholic drinks per day for men and more than two daily for women; getting less than two hours of physical activity per week; and eating fruits and vegetables fewer than three times daily.>>>
In a new discovery, archaeologists have affirmed an Aboriginal site in the way of a major Tasmanian highway. They claim that the site has the oldest evidence of human habitation in the southern hemisphere.
It has been reported that nearly, 3 million aboriginal artifacts have been found at the Jordan River levee north of Hobart.>>>
After a rough ride through narrow desert washes, Alfredo Figueroa came to a clearing and ordered the vehicles to halt.
The giants were waiting.
Figueroa strode briskly across the plain.
Before him, clear lines in the stony sand formed a 200-foot-long image of the flute-playing Native American god Kokopelli. Beside him was Cicimitl, an Aztec spirit said to guide souls to the afterlife.
"No one has a clue that this stuff is out here," Figueroa said, picking his way around a massive foot.>>>
The remote sound of the shaman’s drum, which carries the agent of the spirits into other worlds, attracts more and more of those who are searching for the mysteries of the universe. Many scholars, scientists, ethnographers, graduate students and schoolchildren come to study shamanism in Tuva as one of the world’s main religions, following the “call of the drums.”
That is exactly the name of a coming exhibition at the National Museum, which will be dedicated to Tuvan shamanism. >>>