Dolphin therapy is booming despite concerns about efficacy and animal cruelty

Dolphin therapy is booming despite concerns about efficacy and animal crueltyDo you or does your child suffer from cerebral palsy? Down syndrome? Autism? A knee injury? General ennui?

If you do -- and you have a week or two and a few thousand dollars to spare -- a growing and controversial group of global entrepreneurs claims it can help you feel better by putting you in close contact with dolphins.>>>

Native dancing ban lifted in Alaska village

Native dancing ban lifted in Alaska villageBobby Wells has lived all his life in this remote Alaska village, where the Eskimo dancing of his ancestors was banned by Quaker missionaries a century ago as primitive idolatry.

Now Wells, 53, and other residents of Noorvik have wholeheartedly embraced the ancient practice outlawed in the Inupiat Eskimo settlement, which was established in 1914.>>>

Mystic tourism to be promoted during Ucayali Carnival

Mystic tourism to be promoted during Ucayali CarnivalAs part of celebrations for 2010 Ucayali Carnival, the Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Dircetur) organizes a shaman session in order to promote the mystic tourism in the area, with the participation of domestic and foreign tourists.

Head of Dircetur – Ucayali, Oscar Vasquez Alva said that 15 famous shamans of Ucayali department will be in charge of the session to be held on February 26, at 21:00 hours (02:00 GMT), at Divina Montaña Resort.>>>

B.C. chiefs deny cursing Norwegian Olympic team

B.C. chiefs deny cursing Norwegian Olympic teamA shaman in Norway has suggested aboriginal people in B.C. might have cursed the Nordic country's Olympic athletes because of their opposition to Norwegian-owned fish farming operations in B.C., but West Coast native leaders deny any mystic influence.>>>

Martins Dukurs Blazes Trail For Latvia In Men's Skeleton

Martins Dukurs Blazes Trail For Latvia In MenLatvia was on course for its first Winter Olympic gold medal on Thursday when Martins Dukurs blazed a trail down the Whistler track to lead the men's skeleton competition at the midway point.

On a day when the safety of the course was again questioned following a string of crashes in bobsleigh practice, Dukurs nailed two runs down the treacherous 1,400 meter layout and smashed the track record on his first slide.>>>