Shaman 'rainmaking' center discovered in South Africa

Shaman A towering "rain control" site, where shamans would have asked the gods to open up the skies centuries ago, has been discovered in South Africa. Located in a semiarid area of the country, near Botswana and Zimbabwe, the site of Ratho Kroonkop (RKK) sits atop a 1,000-foot-tall (300 meters) hill and contains two naturally formed "rock tanks."

Cultures of 'magic' and healing

Cultures of Historically, traditional medicine has been frowned on by modern Western medicine. While some swear by ancient practices, some cultural traditions have become increasingly dangerous. Already more than 20 young men have died in South Africa after undergoing traditional Xhosa circumcision ceremonies.

As Belo Monte Dam Project Speeds Up, Indigenous Tribe Feels Pain

As Belo Monte Dam Project Speeds Up, Indigenous Tribe Feels PainFor over 20 years, the indigenous tribes of the Brazilian Amazon have protested the world's third-largest dam, the Belo Monte. In 1989, a gripping image captured just how seriously the Indians took the issue: a photo showed Tuíra, a woman warrior of the Kayapó tribe, threatening to slice the face of an engineer with her machete at a meeting between Indians and dam officials.

Thayong Kom tribe celebrates 235 years of settlement

Thayong Kom tribe celebrates 235 years of settlementAlong with a scintillating presentation of their rise and birth, Kom tribe of Thayong on Saturday laid the memorial stone to mark 235 years of their peaceful settlement in the village.
The graceful occasion was attended by MLA of Lamlai Assembly Constituency Kshetrimayum Biren as chief guest.

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.