A New Moon ritual with a New Age flavor
The women in the Rosh Hodesh group at Bloomfield’s Temple Ner Tamid sat in a circle, eyes closed.
Nancy Dakota Adlman got up quietly, drum in hand, and walked slowly around the circle three times, stopping in front of each woman to drum at different “chakras,” or zones, of their bodies. She repeated the ritual with a rattle and a rain stick noisemaker. As she completed her final circle, she returned to her place and signaled completion with three chimes of a bell.
Pope Benedict XVI, issued a decree in December 2011 saying that the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha will be among seven new saints to be canonised by the Vatican, with the ceremony expected to take place in 2012.Andaman Islanders 'forced to dance' for tourists
The Jarawa tribe have lived in peace in the Andaman Islands for thousands of years. Now tour companies run safaris through their jungle every day and wealthy tourists pay police to make the women - usually naked - dance for their amusement. This footage, filmed by a tourist, shows Jarawa women being told to dance by an off-camera police officerChronicling tribal history
Hamed Musallam Bakhit Al Muharami is a man not inhibited by social expectations. He may be over 70 years old, but he has a six-month-old daughter, the youngest of his 23 children. He may have never learnt how to read of write, but he has produced several books and a documentary film too.Sun Sets on New Millennium First Peoples’ World Fair and Pow Wow
The last sun will set tonight on the New Millennium First Peoples’ World Fair and Pow Wow, an extended twelve-year-long celebration presented as an international welcome to the 21st century. Today marks the final pow wow, which ends tonight just as the sun goes down, in this incredible decade-spanning event.