From Heartbreaking Miscomprehension Comes New Understanding

From Heartbreaking Miscomprehension Comes New UnderstandingToday, it’s hard enough for doctors and patients to communicate effectively, even if they share the same primary language. But layer on not only language differences, but also a yawning cultural chasm, and a visit to western medicine might lead to a child being removed from the care of her parents.

Medicine wheel dedicated at Teaching Family Homes

Medicine wheel dedicated at Teaching Family HomesKeweenaw Bay Indian Community tribe members visited Teaching Family Homes in Marquette Tuesday to bless a new "serenity circle."
The circle is made in the design of a medicine wheel - a Native American tradition symbolizing natural cycles of birth, growth, death and regeneration. Teaching Family Homes' medicine wheel serves as a serenity circle for people to enjoy and reflect on whatever they choose to, the group's CEO, Christine Myers, said.

Tribes Oppose Wolf Hunt

Tribes Oppose Wolf HuntAn animal that’s a symbol of the wild, and once nearly exterminated, has repopulated the upper Great Lakes region. In fact, the gray wolf exceeded recovery goals, times ten, over the last decade. And now wolves are doing so well, states that manage them are opening hunting seasons on them. Some say there are just too many to coexist with people.

The Amazon Is a Dangerous Place If You Live on a Bunch of Gold

The Amazon Is a Dangerous Place If You Live on a Bunch of GoldLast week, news broke that back in July illegal goldminers allegedly wiped out an entire village of indigenous Yanomami in the Amazon. Reports suggest that they did this by raining down machine gun fire and crude explosives from helicopters. Only three of the Yanomami villagers survived—the men were out hunting at the time of the attack and returned to find the bodies of their friends and families burning in a mass grave, an apparent attempt by the attackers to cover their tracks.

ALMAGUL MENLIBAYEVA – Embodying Atavism as a Kazakhstani Punk Shaman

ALMAGUL MENLIBAYEVA – Embodying Atavism as a Kazakhstani Punk ShamanAmongst post-Soviet industrial ruins and the vast, empty landscape of Kazakhstan, multi-dicisplinary artist Almagul Menlibayeva turns the camera on herself (and the occasional other) to unite an ancestral past beyond the introverted realms of “the personal” and into a hive-minded futurist perspective. The now Berlin-based artist mixes traditional culturally signifying objects with the props of a nomad – furs, textiles, luggage – becoming beyond herself as the mystical and anthropomorphic voice of an exotic past.