FOCUS ON TUVA: Where ancient shaman traditions are alive in the modern world

FOCUS ON TUVA: Where ancient shaman traditions are alive in the modern worldA feature of Tuvan shamanism is its age, because it remains the same from ancient times, from the cave men through the great Scythian kingdom and until now. It hasn't changed. I think that Tuvan shamanism is something great, Vedantic shamanism with witchcraft, healing, communication with spirits of mountains, rivers, lakes, taiga, and animals.

Tom Chisel revives Midewiwin ceremony, once widespread among Ojibwe

Tom Chisel revives Midewiwin ceremony, once widespread among OjibweAfter being dormant for more than 60 years, the Midewiwin ceremony is being revived in Obishikokaang (Lac Seul First Nation), in northwestern Ontario. A group of practitioners, commonly referred to as Mide, have built a Midewiwin lodge and separate teaching lodge. "'When you build that lodge, the people will come, when they know it's here'", says Tom Chisel, a Lac Seul elder, explaining the message given to him from his mentor almost two decades ago.

The Space Between

The Space BetweenIn late July, Travis Goldtooth, who also goes by Buffalo Barbie, took a 900-mile road trip from her home in small, conservative Farmington, N.M., to Blacktail Ranch, a lonely homestead perched high in a valley in Wolf Creek in a part of Montana even locals refer to as the middle of nowhere. The drive from the south meanders along the eastern edge of the Continental Divide through a complex landscape that follows Montana’s golden prairies racing into the Rocky Mountains.

Spirits for the Spirits: Vodka's Role in a Mongolian Shaman Ceremony

Spirits for the Spirits: VodkaWe crouched on stools for four hours, watching each move the Mongolian shaman made. Somehow all 30 of us — 10 Americans, 14 Koreans, 2 Mongolian guides, the shaman and his assistants — all fit comfortably in his ger, a Mongolian version of a round yurt with felt sides. The guides arranged for us to attend the shaman’s ceremony that day, and it seemed obvious on both sides that no one knew what to expect. It was our first time seeing a shaman and his first time performing in front of travelers outside of his village.

'Now here we are, fighting for our rights': a new generation returns to Yule River

The plaque marking where Old Man Parker once sat is gone. He sat on a slight rise on the banks of the Yule River, 60km south of the West Australian town of Port Hedland, on his red velour throne, an Aboriginal Solomon listening to the complaints and concerns of his people.