Some inmates will get to use branches they helped pick up

Some inmates will get to use branches they helped pick upMost of the thousands of tons of branches that fell in the April 9 ice storm soon will become the property of a contracted grinding company, but a small number are headed to the South Dakota State Penitentiary for use in Native American sweat lodge ceremonies.

Brazil Indians Occupy Belo Monte Dam Site

Brazil Indians Occupy Belo Monte Dam SiteThe federal government said Monday it would not negotiate with indigenous groups which on Tuesday entered their sixth day of occupying the controversial Belo Monte dam construction site. In the inflammatory statement, the Secretariat General of the Presidency accused some indigenous leaders of dishonesty and involvement in illegal gold mining.

Witnessing a South African healer at work

Witnessing a South African healer at workShe lets out a piercing cry, her body starts shaking violently, her hands are clapping to the rhythm of large African drums - she is calling out to her ancestors. Thabiso Siswana is a traditional healer, known in South Africa as a sangoma.

Still keeping faith with faith healing

Still keeping faith with faith healingMedications that Aruna Ghimire of Thali, Kathmandu, went through a couple of months back was no less than a miracle, at least for herself, her family and neighbours. As doctors and experts of medical sciences were reportedly unable to identify her ailment, the 17-year-old continued to lose consciousness and faint over two times a day for the past more than seven months.

Ceremony blesses healing hands at Huntsman Cancer Institute

 Ceremony blesses healing hands at Huntsman Cancer InstituteNurses and other Huntsman Cancer Institute employees made their way from hospital bedsides to the sunny outdoor patio.
They were greeted by religious leaders, who gently cupped their hands and sprinkled them with water, whispering prayers of gratitude, healing and encouragement.