UTC Students Learn By Practicing “Law And Order: Native American”

UTC Students Learn By Practicing “Law And Order: Native American”Students at UTC will participate in a “Turtle People Talking Circle,” demonstration in which they will replicate the methods many First Nations of Canada and Native Americans of the U.S. use to deal with criminal matters and community disputes, instead of courts and the legal system.>>>

Reading between the lines of the Maya calendar

Reading between the lines of the Maya calendarWriting From Guatemala City - The world may not end two years from now, despite Internet predictions and this week's blockbuster disaster movie, "2012." On screen, the final day in the 5,126-year Maya calendar brings global destruction, and Los Angeles slides inexorably into the sea.

Here in the cradle of Maya civilization, however, shaman/priest Calixta Gabriel said Mother Earth -- Madre Tierra -- would suffer "hunger, wind and thunder," but rumors of its demise are greatly exaggerated.>>>

Chinese town embraces technology while retaining its Shangri-La image

Chinese town embraces technology while retaining its Shangri-La imageImagine a remote province in southwestern China. A roomful of American teachers sit transfixed on wooden benches in a classroom, listening to a young student of ancient dongba — a religion, language and form of hieroglyphics. Dongba, he explains, is the only hieroglyphic writing still in use. The school teaches dongba to young people of the Naxi (NA-shee) tribe in order to preserve their heritage.

Behind the tunic-clad young man sits an impressively attired shaman.>>>

Apocalypse Now (or Not?)

Apocalypse Now (or Not?)A SECT OF enlightened individuals lives among us.Their beliefs encompass shamanism, a 2012 doomsday scenario, obscure psychedelic drugs, mysticism, yoga, UFOs, crop circles, occasional communication with Mayan deities and the lingering suspicion that Obama is part of a robot conspiracy. You know, the usual.>>>

Pray for snow: Sierra-at-Tahoe's winter ritual is Thursday

Pray for snow: Sierra-at-TahoeThe tradition of praying for snow runs deep in resort towns, combining the spiritual with the jovial. In Vail, Colo., Ute Indians perform a traditional snow dance during the winter festivities. The folks in Breckenridge take a week to celebrate Ullr, the mythical Norse god of snow, in the middle of dating games, comedy shows and parades.>>>