ASU’s 1st Native American archaeologist honored at commencement

ASU’s 1st Native American archaeologist honored at commencementIn the United States, most of the archaeology is about Native American cultures. Yet nationwide, there are only about 15 Native American doctorate-level archaeologists involved in the interpretation of their archaeological past. Today, William "Rex" Weeks joins their ranks as the first Native American to receive a doctoral degree with a specialization in archeology from Arizona State University's highly competitive anthropology program. His inspiring success story was shared during the commencement ceremony.>>>

‘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.>>>