Smudging, sweat lodges and cultural accuracy: On set of The Revenant

Smudging, sweat lodges and cultural accuracy: On set of The RevenantHollywood has a long history of producing culturally inaccurate films. But Oscar-winning director Alejandro Iñárritu's new film, The Revenant, went to great lengths to honour the Arikara people and their culture — although that wasn't initially part of the plan. They hired Craig Falcon as a cultural advisor after he just showed up on set one day to offer his services.

Teen star reveals how she became a shaman

Teen star reveals how she became a shamanFormer teen star Park Mi-ryeong has revealed how she became a shaman and that her singer husband left her. She made the comments on TV talk show "Pumpkin Seed" on TV Chosun Tuesday. Park, a teen star from the 1980s, told a celebrity panel she debuted as a magazine ad model when she was an elementary school student. She furthered her career by appearing in many ads, hosting a popular TV music show and starring in a movie.

New Mexico pueblo reclaims swath of historic tribal homeland

New Mexico pueblo reclaims swath of historic tribal homelandA Native American pueblo at the edge of New Mexico’s largest city added 140 square miles of its historic homelands to its jurisdiction Friday under a deal the U.S. Interior Department says represents the single largest transfer of land back to a tribe’s control. Under the agreement, the Pueblo of Isleta south of Albuquerque will place a 90,000-acre ranch into federal trust — a move that transfers governmental oversight of the land back to the tribe.

Rough year ahead, sangoma

Rough year ahead, sangomaAfter blowing and throwing his bones, traditional healer Solly Mathebula (38) of Mamelodi East Extension 4 said he is troubled at what 2016 has in store for the people of Mamelodi. He predicted that this would be a tough year, not only for residents of Mamelodi, but for the whole country. The famous traditional healer known as Baba Mahlasela recently made headlines for training young white sangoma Kyle Todd.

Demystifying Ayahuasca: An Expert Guide Through the Ritual

Demystifying Ayahuasca: An Expert Guide Through the RitualOver the last decade, the Amazonian hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca has swept through the West, becoming famous for affecting powerful (and often lasting) change in people who take it. Eager Western seekers have descended on the Amazon and the high jungle of the Andes, flooding towns like Iquitos and Pucallpa with both ayahuasca tourists and shamans who serve them — along with scam artists and shady practices.