Ecuador: four months to save the world's last great wilderness from 'oil curse'
Where the foothills of the Andes meet the vast Amazonian rainforest in eastern Ecuador there is a small town called Shell. It's a pockmarked, termite-eaten, one-street place which doubles as a missionary centre and a regional airstrip, but it was here in 1937 that the mighty Shell oil company based its crack Latin American oil-prospecting team. The prize was the vast deposits of crude oil believed then – and now known – to lie beneath some of the densest forests in the world.Cultural healing methods in the Philippines are unique
HILOT involves manipulation of joints, massage. It's like a combination of massage & chiropractic but differs very much in the sense that it includes a form of spiritual healing. It really depends on who is doing the hilot. Old women are mostly the ones who practice. This makes our hilot practitioners very unique indeed.Native American Activists Save Sacred Burial Ground From Bulldozers
Hundreds gathered at Glen Cove, Calif., last weekend for a closing ceremony to celebrate what Native American activists and their allies are declaring an historic victory.
It was a victory over a city-park development that would have bulldozed the area for parking lots, plumbing and paved paths -- on one of the last undeveloped ancient burial sites of indigenous people remaining in the San Francisco Bay Area.
From the outside, John and Pauline Jerzyszek’s modern semi looks just like all the others in their suburban road.
But inside it’s pretty different. You could say it’s heap big different.
A bone-tipped spear decorated with feathers hangs on the living room wall. Beneath it are photos of Geronimo, Medicine Crow and Sitting Bull, names familiar to many of us only from cowboy and Indian films, but who hold rather more significance in this home. There are also framed flint arrow heads and even a lamp in the shape of a tepee.
Plants don’t do much compared to animals. They’re sedentary sorts, even with time-lapse photography. We’re talking about vegetative, botanical bores. Right?
Wrong, according to Dennis McKenna, who argues against the standard take on plants. The droll ethnopharmacologist is struggling with an uncooperative Powerbook as he launches into a presentation at UBC on the co-evolution of humans and plants.