Peru shamans' 2009 predictions

Peru shamansPeruvian shamans met at Lima's highest point on Sunday to perform a ceremony which they believe will help protect the spirits of world leaders in 2009.

Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Barack Obama were among those leaders chosen to receive special attention.

It was predicted that President-elect Obama would have a good start to 2009, but that Venezuela's leader Hugo Chavez would have a "quite a bit of desperation" this year.

Despite lacking world leader status, Michael Jackson also received special note with healers saying "he would get stronger" in the coming year.

Like A Charm

Like A CharmBolivian shaman Carmen Acho performs a traditional purification ritual holding a Quirquincho, a three-banded armadillo, over a patient's head in Lima, Peru, on Monday. According to the shaman, the ritual cleans the participant of evil spirits and brings good luck for the new year.

Patagonia Indian tribe faces extinction

Patagonia Indian tribe faces extinctionHawking sea lion skin souvenir canoes at one of South America's most remote outposts, Francisco Arroyo is among the last members of a Patagonian tribe staring down the barrel of extinction.

Serpent and the Sun: Tales of an Aztec Apprentice (2008)

Serpent and the Sun: Tales of an Aztec Apprentice (2008)We would like to welcome the release of this unique film by Shaahin Cheyene. It tell the story of Tachi who is 21 and a member of the Revolutionary Zapatista Collectivein Mexico City . He is searching for his roots. Ehe is a 52nd generation Aztec medicine man and traditional healer (Curandero). Through a series of extraordinary circumstances the two meet. Tachi's life is changed forever. Extraordinary and inventive, The Serpent and the Sun was filmed on a month long journey through Mexico . This riveting "Hybrid Documentary" explores the roots of an Aztec medicine man and his apprentice while trekking through the mountains of rural Mexico . This powerful visual feast combines dreamlike panoramic landscapes with memorable characters and their heart warming stories while tracing the adventures of this unlikely duo as they travel throughout rural Mexico on a journey of epic proportions.

2,700-year-old marijuana found in Chinese tomb

2,700-year-old marijuana found in Chinese tombStash seems to have been intended for buried shaman to use in the afterlife

Researchers say they have located the world's oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb in a remote part of China.

The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly ``cultivated for psychoactive purposes," rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany.