Private collection of Native American art, culture opens at UA history center
It once held an esteemed position in the living room of the Bath Township home of Jim and Vanita Oelschlager.
When their grandkids first saw it some 10 or 12 years ago, Vanita Oelschlager said, they were downright frightened by it.
Darkness closes around a circle of white-clothed figures seated in a thatch-roofed building in the Peruvian jungle. One by one, they kneel and drink a cup of liquid proffered by a gray-haired man seated on a low stool under a religious icon.
Do you see them? All over Vancouverís Downtown Eastside there are junkies, addicts and alkies. On street corners, in alleys, lurking outside the ancient hotels. All over Downtown Eastside thereís also help available for junkies, addicts, alkiesódetox programs, 12-step meetings, residential treatment centers, methadone clinics, safe-injection protocols. Some of the programs are sponsored by the local churches.
Thousands of Hmong refugees settled in the Central Valley in the 1970s and like most immigrants, they brought their own traditions with them. Back home, the Hmong were more likely to see a shaman than a doctor when they got sick and that has presented something of a challenge for health care professionals here in California.Algonac festival celebrates Native American culture
Dressed in Native American regalia, Harper, 16, of Traverse joined in the powwow dance as a group of men hit a large drum and sang in the Algonac Elementary School gym.
Harper, a Native American of Odawa descent, started dancing about four years ago. He does it to carry on the culture and traditions of his heritage.