Mi'kmaq to mark 400 years since chief's baptism

MiMi'kmaq in Atlantic Canada will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the baptism of Grand Chief Henri Membertou with a special concert and one of the country's largest powwows.

Organizers say they will set up a traditional Mi'kmaq village, hold dance and drum competitions, and host a free concert by Buffy Sainte Marie.>>>

Inupiaq artist battles occupational 'nonexistence'

Inupiaq artist battles occupational "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.>>>


Plant Politics: Notes on Ayahuasca, New Christianity and the Brazil Law

Plant Politics: Notes on Ayahuasca, New Christianity and the Brazil LawBy 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, >>>

Manitoba Proposes Legislation To Recognize Aboriginal Languages

Manitoba Proposes Legislation To Recognize Aboriginal LanguagesProposals 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.>>>

Bidding process on huge Amazon dam suspended again

Bidding process on huge Amazon dam suspended againA 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.>>>