State senator puts hit on hallucinogenic herb

State senator puts hit on hallucinogenic herbState Sen. Lisa M. Boscola wants to outlaw salvia divinorum, which is native to mountains in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.

Name this substance: It causes hallucinations and creates the perception that one is having profound insights.

LSD? "Magic" mushrooms?

Nope.

It's salvia divinorum.>>>

Vancouver Olympics bring unprecedented opportunities to Canada's indigenous people

Vancouver Olympics bring unprecedented opportunities to CanadaAboriginal involvement goes beyond performances as tribes are encouraged to participate economically and athletically.

In 1999, the International Olympic Committee adopted Agenda 21, a document that called for Olympic host nations to use the Games as a means for creating sustainable development for traditionally disadvantaged groups, including indigenous peoples.

The following year, the Sydney Olympics gave Australia’s Aborigines a role to play in the Games, >>>

Modern shamans all the rage in S Korea

Modern shamans all the rage in S KoreaSEOUL, South Korea — When I told my friends I would visit a Korean shaman, or mudang, their responses weren’t exactly reassuring. One Korean university student explained to me that evil spirits would hijack my body, prompting me to slit my wrists and drink my own blood until I became a minion of Satan. “Are you nuts? They’re evil!” another friend exclaimed.>>>

The race to save Indigenous languages

The race to save Indigenous languagesExperts are working hard to record several Top End Aboriginal languages that are down to their very last speakers.

In the remote Northern Territory community of Wadeye linguists say four languages will be gone in the next decade.

Patrick Palibu Nudjulu is a Magati Ke elder, custodian of the Rak Naniny clan and is one of two remaining speakers of the Magati Ke language. >>>

Aboriginals push back over hunting rules on caribou, polar bears in the North

Aboriginals push back over hunting rules on caribou, polar bears in the NorthAboriginal hunters across the North are pushing back against attempts to conserve wildlife, launching court actions and legislative measures to stop the three territories from regulating the harvest of caribou and polar bears.

"Aboriginal people are very aware of their rights," said Bill Erasmus of the Dene Nation in Yellowknife, who faces legal action for hunting in defiance of a ban on taking caribou from the declining Bathurst herd in the central Arctic tundra.>>>