Andean nations seek revival for ancient Inca tongue

Andean nations seek revival for ancient Inca tongueA shaman blows a bull's horn on festival day and pivots to clouds of burning incense in a purification ceremony, all shot on video.

The snapshot of native American life opens "Nukanchik Yuyay," a twice-daily newscast in Quechua, the language spoken by millions of people across the Andes and enjoying a revival as even presidents take up its cause.>>>

Witchcraft and human kind

Witchcraft and human kindA FEW years ago a self-confessed wizard rocked up at a police station in rural Zaka, Masvingo Province, and told bewildered officers that he was tired of witchcraft and that he had come to surrender his ‘instruments.’
Unconvinced, the cops asked if he could stage a live demonstration of his capabilities and he gladly obliged but with a health warning. He went into a trance, then started chanting incomprehensibly while rubbing together two sticks from his arsenal.>>>

Black Hawk statue earns historic status

Black Hawk statue earns historic statusOregon’s most famous landmark has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Black Hawk statute, designed by Lorado Taft and located in Lowden State Park, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on Nov. 5 by the National Park Service.>>>

Islanders get taste of West

Islanders get taste of WestFive tribesmen from a South Pacific island shed their native dress for snap shirts during a week on a Montana cattle ranch at Belfry last fall.

On Sunday, their exploits in the West show up in the premiere episode of the Travel Channel’s “Meet the Natives: USA.”>>>

Brazilian mint tea 'as effective as pain-relief drugs'

 Brazilian mint tea An ancient herbal mint tea from Brazil is as effective at delivering pain relief as commercial medicine, according to university researchers.

Brews from the plant, hyptis crenata, have traditionally been used by native Latin American healers to cure headaches, fevers and flu.

Now reseachers at Newcastle University have demonstrated that there is a scientific basis for the claims after testing the remedy, known as Brazilian tea, on mice. >>>