Bolivia coca judge defends divination technique

Bolivia coca judge defends divination techniqueA Bolivian judge has rejected calls to resign after he admitted "reading" coca leaves to help him make decisions.
Judge Gualberto Cusi - who is from the indigenous Aymara community - said he used the traditional divination technique to help guide his judgement.

Rainforest remedy to cure toothache: Amazonian plant is turned into painkilling gel

Rainforest remedy to cure toothache: Amazonian plant is turned into painkilling gelThe agony of toothache can leave you willing to go to the ends of the earth in search of a cure.
But you may need to look no further than the depths of the rainforest.
A rare red and yellow plant from the Amazon could offer more effective pain relief than existing drugs and treatments, scientists have claimed.

Ceremonial Fisheries Culturally Important To NW Tribes

Ceremonial Fisheries Culturally Important To NW TribesColumbia River Indian tribes are keeping their ancient traditions alive in the coming weeks with ceremonies to open their spring fisheries. Predictions of strong salmon runs are giving the tribes extra reason to celebrate.

In Hebrew's revival, a Nordic people see hope

In HebrewNorway's Sami people, an indigenous community with roots as reindeer herders in the northern reaches of Scandinavia and Russia, are looking south to Israel for help preserving their fading native language.

Sweat with a purpose

Sweat with a purposeThe steam felt like a hot iron rolling down my back and I slowly started lowering my head toward the cool ground.
“Ho, Grandfathers”, someone said in the darkness as the sputtering sound of cold water hitting the crimson stones continued. Then unexpectedly, I smiled to myself, and silently repeated, “Ho, Grandfathers.”