Peru's shamans predict favourable year for U.S., Cuba in annual tradition

PeruThe U.S. restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba, severed by Washington more than 50 years ago, dominated the annual end-of-year ritual of Peru's shamans on Monday (December 29) as they made predictions and offered prayers for 2015. Surrounded by yellow and red flowers, the medicine men sang and danced on a Lima beach, focusing their attention on U.S. and Cuban flags as well as photographs of Cuban President Raul Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Miccosukee Tribe reveals private side to public, opening doors to their culture

Miccosukee Tribe reveals private side to public, opening doors to their culture For the first time, the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida shared one of their most sacred dances to the public, signaling they are opening the doors to their culture and traditions. During the 40th annual Miccosukee Indian Arts & Crafts Festival at the tribe’s Indian village west of Miami-Dade County, the public got to see tribe members perform a stomp dance.

The Ancient Practice of Tengriism, Shamanism and Ancient Worship of the Sky Gods

The Ancient Practice of Tengriism, Shamanism and Ancient Worship of the Sky Gods     In ancient times, people in Central Asia practiced a religion known as Tengriism, which focused on living in harmony with the natural universe. While this religion was founded and most widely practiced during ancient times, there are groups that still practice Tengriism to this day.

Santa’s Shamanic Origins

Santa’s Shamanic OriginsWith the holidays approaching, I would like to share an interesting take on the origins of Christmas mythology. It has been proposed that many aspects of the Christmas tradition may be rooted in the mythologies of pre-Christian indigenous peoples of Northern Europe and Siberia, cultures whose shamans used psychoactive mushrooms in their rituals.

Native American Youth 2014: Obama To Announce Generation Indigenous Program To Improve Young America

Native American Youth 2014: Obama To Announce Generation Indigenous Program To Improve Young AmericaPresident Barack Obama is directing his attention toward better opportunities for young American Indians. Obama was expected to announce Wednesday a new initiative called Generation Indigenous, which aims to improve Native Americans' college preparation, leadership skills and career prospects. The program was due to be revealed before representatives of 566 federally recognized tribes at the White House Tribal Nations Conference,