White Boy Blazing a Trail in Black South African Spiritual World

White Boy Blazing a Trail in Black South African Spiritual WorldKyle Todd is a spiritual healer, or sangoma as healers are known in his native South Africa. At 12, he is one of the youngest whites to be initiated into the practice of traditional medicine — a profession traditionally dominated by blacks.

Celebrating Native American Heritage

Celebrating Native American HeritageSongs had many purposes in Native American tribes — they could be prayers to the Great Spirit, lullabies, medicine songs urging illnesses away or asking for rain or game, death songs and songs honoring accomplishments or honorable visitors. Drums were the most important instrument to Native Americans, he said, as their beat is interconnected with the beat of the human heart

First Autonomous Indigenous Government in Peru Created

First Autonomous Indigenous Government in Peru CreatedThe Wampis people of Peru recently created the nation’s first Autonomous Indigenous Government, which does not seek independence from Peru but intends to protect their rights and their territory.

Two Spirits, One Heart, Five Genders

Two Spirits, One Heart, Five GendersThe Native American belief is that some people are born with the spirits of both genders and express them so perfectly. It is if they have two spirits in one body.

Tribe to distribute heirloom seeds Feb. 1

Tribe to distribute heirloom seeds Feb. 1The Cherokee Nation will begin dispersing its limited supply of heirloom seeds to tribal citizens interested in growing traditional Cherokee crops and plants starting Monday, Feb. 1. The Cherokee Nation keeps an inventory of seeds from rare breeds of corn, beans, squash, gourds, Trail of Tears beads, tobacco and several plants traditionally used for Cherokee customs.