American Shaman: The Incredible Story of Lucas Weiss

American Shaman: The Incredible Story of Lucas WeissI first heard about Luke Weiss from an elder of the Waorani, a tribe scattered along the Amazon tributaries of northeastern Ecuador. He spoke of a white man living with the Secoya, a small tribe settled on a nearby river, but one who had ceased to be a white man. This man had become Secoya.

International Quechua Research Institute in Bolivia

International Quechua Research Institute in BoliviaBolivia is preparing to build an International Institute of the Quechua Nation to study indigenous Quechua science, culture and language, according to an announcement in December by the Quechua Institute of Language and Culture and the Provincial Government of Cochabamba.

Capturing the Treasured Wisdom of Female Shamans in Russia

Capturing the Treasured Wisdom of Female Shamans in RussiaIn the Russian wilderness of Tuva, female shamanism is alive and well—and visiting the local healer is as commonplace as a day out at the beach.
Located in southern Siberia on the border with Mongolia, the Russian republic of Tuva is home to ancient shamanic traditions practiced by women as well as men.

White Boy Blazing a Trail in Black South African Spiritual World

White Boy Blazing a Trail in Black South African Spiritual WorldKyle Todd is a spiritual healer, or sangoma as healers are known in his native South Africa. At 12, he is one of the youngest whites to be initiated into the practice of traditional medicine — a profession traditionally dominated by blacks.

Celebrating Native American Heritage

Celebrating Native American HeritageSongs had many purposes in Native American tribes — they could be prayers to the Great Spirit, lullabies, medicine songs urging illnesses away or asking for rain or game, death songs and songs honoring accomplishments or honorable visitors. Drums were the most important instrument to Native Americans, he said, as their beat is interconnected with the beat of the human heart