Why We Should All Care About The Amazon's Disappearing Tribes

Why We Should All Care About The AmazonBefore Mark Plotkin became a successful Amazonian ethnobotanist and rainforest conservationist, he was a 19-year-old college dropout working the night shift at the Harvard Zoology Museum. Having developed an insatiable curiosity about the world's flora and fauna as a child, he decided to take a night course at the university led by a famed ethnobotanist. After attending that first lecture in 1974, Plotkin knew that he wanted to spend the rest of his life exploring the rainforest. Within months, he was invited to join an expedition to the Amazonian region of French Guiana as a research assistant.

Malaysian villagers offer prayers to end quake aftershocks

Malaysian villagers offer prayers to end quake aftershocksBorneo tribal shamans chanted age-old prayers yesterday in a ceremony in Malaysia aimed at soothing spirits and bringing an end to disturbing aftershocks from an earthquake that killed 18 people.
About 100 members of the Kadazan Dusun, the largest tribal group in the Malaysian state of Sabah, held the ritual in the state’s Tamparuli district after a 5.1-magnitude aftershock shook the area yesterday.

Kennewick Man closely related to Native Americans

Kennewick Man closely related to Native AmericansDNA from the 8,500-year-old skeleton of an adult man found in 1996, in Washington, is more closely related to Native American populations than to any other population in the world, according to an international collaborative study conducted by scientists at the University of Copenhagen and the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Shaman performs ritual and sacrifice to appease spirits of Mount Kinabalu

Shaman performs ritual and sacrifice to appease spirits of Mount KinabaluAncient prayers were chanted while buffaloes were slaughtered in a Kadazandusun ritual to appease the spirits of Mount Kinabalu, two weeks after an earthquake killed 18 people there.
The monolob ritual was carried out simultaneously at the Kinabalu Park in Kundasang and Mamut in Ranau.

Elders treat ills with mind-body medicine, native healing traditions

Elders treat ills with mind-body medicine, native healing traditionsThe women sat in a circle — their eyes closed and their ears tuned into the soothing voice of Donna La Chapelle.
“Soft,” she coached, as the handful of mostly American Indian women in their 60s inhaled through their noses.
“Belly,” she said, signaling them to exhale from their mouths.