Brother to all: Survey of Muscogee philosophy
Native American scholars have mixed feelings about projects such as Moundville Archaeological Park, says Marcus Briggs-Cloud, who teaches Mvskoke language and philosophy at the College of the Muscogee Nation in Oklahoma.
"Our stories tell us we are descendants of the Mound Builders," Briggs-Cloud said this week from his office in Oklahoma. "People are always trying to romanticize, to crystallize us in the past. But we are not to be crystallized or restricted to the past. Ours is a living, vibrant culture."
Despite the fact that the Christian faith has made its mark in the lives of many Batswana, there are some who still believe in the African Traditional Religions (ATR).
Take Sangoma Mantho Kgakge of Mokwena ward in Pilikwe. For starters, Kgakge is one of the few sangomas found in the area if not in the country making her one of the revered if not feared traditional doctors around.
“A new creative energy is emerging in culture and the arts,” intones Bong de la Torre, cultural worker, arts organizer, shaman, visual artist, and former staffer of Peta (Philippine Educational Theater Association).
For him, it is taking the form of different artists, people from different organizations gravitating toward one another.
At least 61% of the people of Puerto Rico carry Native American DNA. In the Dominican Republic traditional Taino festivals have become popular events for entire communities. In all the Greater Antilles Islands, archaeology and architectural preservation have proven to be effective tools for promoting heritage tourism and cultural pride. During this process, anthropologists have discovered that many cultural traditions long thought to be Spanish or African in origin, were actually Native American.Amondawa tribe lacks abstract idea of time, study says
An Amazonian tribe has no abstract concept of time, say researchers.
The Amondawa lacks the linguistic structures that relate time and space - as in our idea of, for example, "working through the night".
The study, in Language and Cognition, shows that while the Amondawa recognise events occuring in time, it does not exist as a separate concept.