A ‘Rich People’s Woodstock,’ With More Drums

A ‘Rich People’s Woodstock,’ With More DrumsSAGAPONACK, N.Y. — The mystery began on the first Monday night of August, when as many as 1,500 people, according to the local police, descended on Sagg Main Beach here to dance to the polyrhythmic beats of a Brazilian drumming circle.

Shaman Chocolates Support Indigenous Tribe with Sales from Organic Treats

Shaman Chocolates Support Indigenous Tribe with Sales from Organic TreatsThe gourmet organic chocolate bars from Shaman Chocolates don't just make another sweet gift for friends and family this holiday season, they also offer a socially responsible alternative. All profits from the sale of the certified organic and Fair Trade Shaman Chocolates help support the Huichol Indians, a tribe living in central western Mexico in the Sierra Madre Mountains, who are said to be the last Indigenous Tribe in North America to have maintained their pre-Columbian traditions.

Court: Brazil On The Brink Of Civil War

Court: Brazil On The Brink Of Civil War(AP) Deep in the northernmost reaches of the Amazon jungle, a land conflict between rice farmers and a handful of Indian tribes has turned so violent that the country's Supreme Court warns it could escalate into civil war.

The court is expected to decide in August if the government can keep evicting rice farmers from a 4.2 million acre Indian reservation decreed by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in 2005. The evictions were stopped in April when rice farmers started burning bridges and blockading roads, and justices said they feared a "veritable civil war."

The best of Russia Close-Up: Shamans and lamas buddy buddy in Tyva

The best of Russia Close-Up: Shamans and lamas buddy buddy in TyvaSpirituality runs deep in the remote Russian Republic of Tyva. While Shamanism is the unofficial religion there, Lamaism, or Tibetan Buddhism, is the official one. But most people don’t have to choose between the two, since shamans and lamas don’t have a grudge against each other.

Hmong Funeral Home: A change of spiritual address

Hmong Funeral Home: A change of spiritual addressHmong shaman Mai Yang, of Maplewood, began a ceremony to communicate with spirits inside the Hmong Funeral Home. She struck a gong to persuade them to leave the building because it will soon be demolished. Craig O’Brien of the Office of Planning and Economic Development is behind her.

A shaman performed a ceremony to coax souls from the building in St. Paul and prepare it for its next life.