Christianity influencing biodiversity in the Amazon, Stanford scientists find

Christianity influencing biodiversity in the Amazon, Stanford scientists findReligious missionaries have been transforming the belief systems of indigenous peoples deep within the Amazon since the 1700s, but the outsiders might be influencing more than just prayer. Research by Stanford biologists suggests that the introduction of Western religions is altering the biodiversity in the region.

Two Spirit Pow Wow Celebrates Indigenous Tradition of Gender Diversity

 Two Spirit Pow Wow Celebrates Indigenous Tradition of Gender Diversity Growing up among his primarily Christian Chickasaw tribal community in Oklahoma, Miko Thomas, suffered a fear of being rejected for his identity as a Two Spirit, a modern term referring to native people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual or gender variant.

Bolivians demand the right to chew coca leaves

 Bolivians demand the right to chew coca leavesA major international row with wide-ranging implications for global drugs policy has erupted over the right of Bolivia's indigenous Indian tribes to chew coca leaves, the principal ingredient in cocaine.

Meet the last members of Bolivia's disappearing indigenous tribe

Meet the last members of BoliviaTwo hundred years ago, the Pacahuara tribe was one of the main indigenous groups in Bolivia.
But in a few years their language and culture could vanish forever as the last members of the tribe die out without having passed their knowledge on to a new generation.

Costa Rican Tribe's Traditional Medicines Get A Modern Media Makeover

Costa Rican TribeWhen the Terraba tribe in Costa Rica rallied to oppose a hydroelectric dam they feared would destroy their land and their centuries-old culture, the indigenous community took a modern approach.
They linked up with journalism students at Elon University in North Carolina, who built a website describing the tribe's way of life, including how it makes use of medicinal plants.