Camp Self-Discovery

Camp Self-DiscoveryUsing indigenous wisdom, elders, ceremony and rites of passage, a week-long retreat aims to give teens greater self-knowledge and confidence before heading back to school.

Some kids finished off their last week of summer vacation toasting s'mores and chain-eating hot dogs.
Joshua Kier met a West African medicine man and went on a quest for his inner warrior.
“I rediscovered something that was lost for a long time,” says the 17-year-old.
“Passion, ideas, creativity. I found it again. It revealed itself.”

Indigenous women: invisible citizens

Indigenous women: invisible citizensGender equality is pending issue for indigenous organizations.

"Mother Earth gives us life, and women give life too, so to defend life is defend the Earth," said Leonilda Zurita, leader of Bolivia´s Bartolina Sisa Federation of Campesina and Indigenous Women. Speaking at the first regional summit of indigenous women in the Peruvian highland city of Puno, Zurita and other prominent indigenous women leaders spoke out about the state and priorities of native women in Latin America.

Women protect traditional medicine

Women protect traditional medicineWomen shamans from around the Americas met in Colombia in late August to try to outline how best to integrate ancient teachings and wisdom with Western practices to improve the lot of their communities.

The shamans, from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela met in the southwestern Colombian city of Pasto Aug. 25-30 in the first ever International Meeting on Andean Cultures.

Mongolia’s ‘reindeer’ people jump into the future

Mongolia’s ‘reindeer’ people jump into the futureBayanjargal laughed as she watched the three of us from NBC News turn on our cell phones for the first time in 24 hours and maniacally start emailing and texting. We probably were a ridiculous sight – hungry, dishevelled, basically slightly worse for wear after having flown two hours and then bumped along another ten hours inside a Russian UAZ van. But that wasn’t why Bayanjargal was grinning so widely.>>>

Lecture links religion and evolution

Lecture links religion and evolutionSpeaker claims religious rituals help humans evolve

What do apes, shamans and getting high have to do with religion and the evolution of life? According to retired Arizona State University professor Michael Winkelman – everything.

Thursday evening, Winkelman visited the Marjorie Barrick Museum Auditorium to present his lecture “Supernatural as Natural: Religion and Human Evolution” to a full house of scientists, priests, believers, nonbelievers and the confused.