Pray for snow: Sierra-at-Tahoe's winter ritual is Thursday

Pray for snow: Sierra-at-TahoeThe tradition of praying for snow runs deep in resort towns, combining the spiritual with the jovial. In Vail, Colo., Ute Indians perform a traditional snow dance during the winter festivities. The folks in Breckenridge take a week to celebrate Ullr, the mythical Norse god of snow, in the middle of dating games, comedy shows and parades.>>>

Descendants of Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull attend Indigenous Peoples Days

Descendants of Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull attend Indigenous Peoples DaysTo highlight the tribe’s 10th annual Indigenous Peoples Days the Tsi Akim Maidu invited descendants of 18 noted Native Americans to join the celebration.

The descendants sat on bales of straw in a wide circle around a late afternoon fire as the sun dropped into the pine forest at the Maidu Active Cultural Center just outside Nevada City. Offerings of tobacco were tossed into the fire by each participant.>>>


SHUAR AND SHAMANISM To understand the culture of the Shuar people of Ecuador, it is crucial to appreciate the importance they place on “the hidden world.”

As the American academic and white shaman Michael Harner explains in his book The Jivaro: People of the Sacred Waterfalls the Shuar believe that waking life is simply “a lie,” or illusion, while the true forces that determine daily events are supernatural. The Shuar believe that witchcraft is the cause of the vast majority of illnesses and non-violent deaths. This view of reality has created a demand for numerous Shuar shamans, people who are able to interpret the forces of the “real” world and help others interpret and deal with these supernatural elements.>>>

How rainforest shamans treat disease

How rainforest shamans treat diseaseEthnobotanists, people who study the relationship between plants and people, have long documented the extensive use of medicinal plants by indigenous shamans in places around the world, including the Amazon. But few have reported on the actual process by which traditional healers diagnose and treat disease. >>>

Traditional Indonesian Dance Calls Angel to Earth

Traditional Indonesian Dance Calls Angel to EarthArriving at Lara Djonggrang restaurant in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on the evening of Halloween, I was surprised to see a traditional market occupying the courtyard.

Illuminated with torches and oil lamps, open bamboo huts showcased traditional delicacies from Cirebon, West Java, such as tahu gejrot (crisp-fried tofu bathed in a thin, dark sauce flavored with green chili and shallots), empal gentong (tender beef in creamy turmeric and coconut soup) and nasi lengko (steamed rice served with marinated tofu, soybean cake and vegetables).>>>