CHILE: Festival to Showcase Films on Native Peoples

SANTIAGO, Jun 17 (IPS) - Thanks to the growing number of films by and about indigenous peoples, over 90 movies, mainly from Latin America, will be screened and voted on by spectators at the First Chilean Indigenous Peoples' Film Festival in the Pacific port city of Valparaíso.

"Indigenous people have long been demonised by the media," Chilean filmmaker Nelson Cabrera,>>>

Mainstream Physicians Give Alternatives a Try

Mainstream Physicians Give Alternatives a TryA patient who comes to Marie Steinmetz with clogged sinuses might be in for a surprise.
Instead of walking out of the Alexandria, Virginia, family physician’s office with a prescription, he might find himself stretched out in a dim room on a massage table. With soft music playing in the background, Steinmetz might quickly—and gently—stick several needles into his head and hands to help clear his nasal passages.>>>

Navajo Nation hosts Native American Church conference

Navajo Nation hosts Native American Church conferenceOnce simple, the practice of American Indian medicine is becoming more complex as medicine men travel around the globe and laws governing use of feathers, herbs and plants become more stringent.
Anyone interested in practices or regulations is invited to attend the 60th annual conference of the Native American Church of North America this weekend in Window Rock, Ariz. >>>

Newt Gingrich conflates Christian with non-pagan

Newt Gingrich conflates Christian with non-paganLast Friday, Newt Gingrich spoke at a church in Virginia, affirming that the U.S. is a Christian nation but is "surrounded by paganism." Citing as proof, he noted California’s ongoing legal struggle to uphold the traditional definition of marriage. Further, Gingrich confused being Christian as synonymous with not being pagan. The "pagan" elements that he deems dangerous: desensitivity to the consequences of abortion, and the spreading acceptance of gay marriage. >>>

Tono: a glorious story of horses and humans

Tono: a glorious story of horses and humansTONO is a ravishingly beautiful dance work, but one that seems slightly disjointed.
Sandra Laronde founded Toronto-based Red Sky Performance in 2000 to be a voice for Aboriginal arts. Her inspiration for TONO is the shared culture of the indigenous peoples of Canada, Mongolia and China's Inner Mongolia.
For both her and Montreal co-choreographer Roger Sinha, the three countries represent the endless plains that were home to the magnificent figure of the horse. Laronde's concept also includes the idea of shamanism, which she sees as the ability to communicate with both nature and the spirit world.