Taiwan Struggles to Save Indigenous Languages

Taiwan Struggles to Save Indigenous LanguagesTaiwan’s government sounded a cultural emergency this summer. The native language of a village of aboriginal Rukai people is in danger of dying out. So the cabinet has begun collecting records that could save that dialect and eight others from being overtaken by the dominant Mandarin Chinese.

Related Difference: A Comparison of Mongolian Buryat and Nepali Shamanism

Related Difference: A Comparison of Mongolian Buryat and Nepali ShamanismOur contemporary world is a collage of dominator Gucci hand bags, home-woven willow baskets, crumbling trees, and sprouting skyscrapers. It hands us a shot of absinthe mixed with holy water and asks us if we want to go to graduate school or a strip club.

From construction worker to shamanic healer

From construction worker to shamanic healerBatgerel Batmunkh, a shaman, kisses his niece Munkhsoyol while 'possessed by the white spirit' during a shamanic healing ritual in their ger on the outskirts of Ulan Bator, Mongolia, in a photo taken on July 4, 2012 and made available to NBC News today.

From White Buffalo Naming Ceremony, a Conversation With Lakota Medicine Man

From White Buffalo Naming Ceremony, a Conversation With Lakota Medicine ManLakota Medicine Man Steve Stonearrow traveled to northwestern Connecticut along with a group of Lakota elders to perform a naming ceremony for a white buffalo born June 16. This interview took place the night of July 29, the day after Stonearrow named the white buffalo Yellow Medicine Dancing Boy in ceremony.

Drumming Proves Beneficial for Overcoming Substance Abuse Disorders

Drumming Proves Beneficial for Overcoming Substance Abuse DisordersA research study conducted by a team of psychiatrists based in Los Angeles, California concluded that drumming is beneficial for American Indians and Alaska Natives with substance abuse disorders, but clinical trials are needed to establish it as a standard treatment.