‘Coming of Age’ Pendleton style

‘Coming of Age’ Pendleton styleThe Coming of Age blanket is based on a painting by internationally acclaimed Blackfeet painter Terrance Guardipee and depicts a Blackfeet Medicine Paint ceremony. The ceremony is an integral part of the Blackfeet culture in the development of youth as they mature into adulthood.>>>

Hmong residents in the Fox Valley come together for Saturday's New Year celebration at Appleton East

Hmong residents in the Fox Valley come together for SaturdayKa Yang and other Hmong residents of the Fox Valley today are transforming Appleton East High School into a party site for Saturday's Hmong New Year 2010 community celebration.

While elders are putting final touches on speeches, ceremonies, food and other features of the annual event, the youth are contributing by brightening the building with balloons, streamers, poinsettias, stars, lights, ribbons, glitter and other decorations. >>>

Legal protect for the sacred objects of Tyva shamans

Legal protect for the sacred objects of Tyva shamansA law protecting sacred objects of Tyva Republic from the illegal use different type is to be passed in the republic.

The particularity of the region is that there are many such objects there. The peoples, living in this republic, profess mainly ancient shaman cults (and Buddhism), the objects of which are mountains, springs, forests, grooves and the whole landscapes, where the worship is conducted. A place pretending to be a sacred one needs to pass historical-cultural expert operation.>>>

Army still threatens sacred site

Army still threatens sacred siteThe Comanche Nation and the U.S. Army have been battling over a proposed training/service center for the Fort Sill complex that was to be built on Medicine Bluff, a sacred site of not just the Comanche, but also the Kiowas, the Wichitas and the Apaches.
Last year, the Army changed locations after a federal Judge blocked construction and ruled that all four bluffs had to be visible for the spiritual well-being of the Comanche people. The Army can still appeal the ruling, and the Comanche administration believes they will appeal in an attempt to drag out the litigation until the tribe runs out of money.>>>

The beckoning silence: Why half of the world's languages are in serious danger of dying out

The beckoning silence: Why half of the worldOf the 6,500 languages spoken in the world, half are expected to die out by the end of this century. Now, one man is trying to keep those voices alive by reigniting local pride in heritage and identity.
High up, perched among the remote hilltops of eastern Nepal, sits a shaman, resting on his haunches in long grass. He is dressed simply, in a dark waistcoat and traditional kurta tunic with a Nepalese cap sitting snugly on his head.>>>