Brazilian Shaman Urges World to Sign Indian Rights Law

Brazilian Shaman Urges World to Sign Indian Rights LawDavi Kopenawa, a Yanomami shaman from the Brazilian Amazon, dubbed "the Dalai Lama of the rainforest," says, "I'm asking all governments to sign ILO 169 to guarantee our rights." ILO Convention169, which marks its twentieth anniversary this year, is the only international law to recognize and protect the land rights of indigenous and tribal peoples.

It is also a key instrument in the battle to save the world's rainforests, putting control of the land back in the hands of the people who have looked after it for generations. >>>

Budapest underground labyrinths

Budapest underground labyrinthsBudapest is known for its extraordinary beauty, its incredible spas and its historical parks like the Memento Park. But we must not underestimate the incredible hidden treasures of the city. Below its historic castle there is a particular labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways to discover. Many of these underground labyrinthes date back to the Middle Ages and are absolutely dark. >>>

Buffalo Ceremony Seldom Seen off Rez

Buffalo Ceremony Seldom Seen off RezBISMARCK, N.D. — Students and staff are accustomed to taking part in traditional ceremonies on the campus of United Tribes Technical College. But one held July 7 as part of a cultural awareness series was more notable than most.

It was the Buffalo Ceremony, the ancient rite observed when taking the life of these animals for the benefit of the People. A group of men and women from the Oglala Sioux Tribe demonstrated and taught the ritual and the work involved.

Shaman practitioner proposes dance as a way out of the crisis

Shaman practitioner proposes dance as a way out of the crisisLuka Hodak, the former Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) mayor of Saborsko in Karlovac county, has proposed dancing as a means of surviving the recession.

Hodak, a Shaman practitioner who claims he is able to communicate with the spirit world, made the proposal to Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor yesterday (Mon).

Every two weeks a language dies

Every two weeks a language diesIn speaking the word for owl, Bud Lane, one of about 10 remaining and fluent Athabaskan speakers, reveals the importance of saving languages.

When spoken aloud, the word, svs-tee-lii-chu, starts out quietly, progresses to a drawn out, almost surreptitious emphasis on the “lii” syllable and finishes quickly. It gives the listener a sense that owls are best spoken about in whispers, lest the speaker draw the attention of one.