Seeking headhunting roots in tribal Taiwan

Seeking headhunting roots in tribal TaiwanWith his thick central Chinese accent, Chen Tangsan could easily be mistaken for any other resident of Henan province, but he is in fact a descendant of Taiwanese headhunters -- and proud of it.

More than 350 years after a distant ancestor left Taiwan and settled deep in China's interior, Chen returned to the island, seeking his roots in the verdant hills which aboriginal tribes still consider their own.

"I've finally found my ancestral home," the 43-year-old told AFP after his first trip to the Tsou tribe near Taiwan's iconic Alishan mountain.>>>

Spiritual adviser brings hope to the lost

Spiritual adviser brings hope to the lostSmoke from the burning sage fills Gary Moostoos's tiny office at Boyle Street Community Services as he smudges with Whitford Skani.

Skani is seeking guidance and healing from the Creator for himself and his extended family because he has recently lost two relatives -- first cousins who were brothers and died within 21 days of each other.

Moostoos will later take Skani's offering of tobacco to a sweatlodge ceremony on the Enoch Reserve where he will say prayers for him and his family again.>>>

New law to extend Indian status to thousands

New law to extend Indian status to thousandsNew law to extend Indian status to thousands
The Conservative government introduced new legislation to amend the Indian Act that, if passed, could recognize an additional 45,000 Canadians as status Indians.

"This addresses the difference in treatment between how descendants of aboriginal women who marry non-aboriginal people are treated differently than aboriginal men. So this is a gender equity issue," said Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl, who introduced the bill in the House of Commons on Thursday.>>>

Roadworks dig finds millions of Aboriginal artefacts

Roadworks dig finds millions of Aboriginal artefactsArchaeologists say they may have found proof of the oldest and most southerly human habitation in the world at the site of a major road project in Tasmania.

Archaeologists and Aboriginal heritage officers have been removing sediment from eight trenches along the Jordan River levee at the Brighton roadworks site, north of Hobart.

Initial findings suggest the sediment is between 28,000 and 40,000 years old, making it the oldest, most southern site of human habitation in the world.>>>

UN expert calls for culturally sensitive reforms for indigenous people in Australia

UN expert calls for culturally sensitive reforms for indigenous people in Australia Despite recent advancements in tackling the human rights of indigenous people in Australia, an independent United Nations expert today called on the country’s authorities to develop new social and economic initiatives and to reform existing ones to allow respect for cultural integrity and self-determination.

“Having suffered a history of oppression and racial discrimination, including dispossession of lands and social and cultural upheaval, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples endure severe disadvantage compared with non-indigenous Australians,”>>>