Vargan, the Russian -Jaw harp

Vargan, the Russian -Jaw harpThe Russian name of this reed instrument originated from the Old Slavic Varga, which meant the mouth, lips. In different parts of the world one can find various names for this instrument.

The history of vargan, the music instrument which has existed almost in all continents, goes back into antiquity. >>>

The cave paintings of Lascaux: Much ado about mold

The cave paintings of Lascaux: Much ado about moldLocated in France’s southwestern Dordogne region, the Lascaux caves are home to almost 2,000 lifelike figures. Round bellied ponies, woolly rhinos, humans – their varied shapes and sizes all seem to flow in concert across the rocky walls. Scientists doubt the cave was ever used as a community living area, believing instead that it was a place for shamanic rituals.

The cave even boasts a map of the prehistoric night time summer sky.>>>

Native American Heritage Day provides hands-on learning

Native American Heritage Day provides hands-on learningMICHIGAN CITY - Dressed in American Indian garb, from her leather shoes to the medicine bag dangling from her neck, Cindy Deardorff was in her element Sunday afternoon at International Friendship Gardens.

"This is what I love," the Wheatfield resident said - hand on her heart - to the intimate crowd that gathered at the gardens for Native American Heritage Day.>>>

An artist who's carving out his place in aboriginal folklore Where totem poles, tribal canoes spri

An artist whoWhen you walk into the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, you enter an amazing ancient world of First Nations culture and tradition.

But then suddenly the towering totem poles and tribal canoes bleached by age and the elements come alive, thanks to the strong, sweet smell of the 1,600-year-old, 200-pound slab of red cedar that Nishga'a Nation carver Vince Fairleigh is chipping away at.>>>>

The Shamans of Tuva Carried Out a Master-Class in Eco-Ethnopedagogics

The Shamans of Tuva Carried Out a Master-Class in Eco-EthnopedagogicsThe second day of the Second International Scientific-Practical Conference “Ethnopedagogic heritage of the nations of Siberia and Central Asia”, which started in Tuva on July 9, culminated in the suburbs of Kyzyl by a shamanic kamlanie (ritual), by the healing spring Kundustug (Beavers). The participants of the conference saw the ritual of honoring Fire, performed by shamans of the three shamanic societies, “Dungur”(Drum), “Adig Eeren”(Bear Spirit), and “Tos Deer”(Nine Heavens).>>>>