Mystical Politics: Shamans in Peru Perform Election Rituals
A group of Peruvian shamans faced off Monday in a duel of rituals to bring an election victory either to Keiko Fujimori or to rival Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in the June 5 presidential runoff. The rituals were celebrated by six shamans, four in favor of Fujimori and two supporting Kuczynski, outside Lima’s National Stadium.Paris Auction House Cancels Sale of Acoma Shield
The planned sale of an Acoma tribal treasure Monday was canceled after a Paris auction house withdrew the item from bidding. The EVE Auction House’s decision to cancel the sale of a shield used in Acoma religious ceremonies came after a week of intense lobbying by New Mexico’s Acoma tribe and high-level federal government officials, including Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.Panama Indigenous Group Calls for Help Fighting Unwanted Dam
A movement of Ngabe Bugle people in Panama have made a call for help in the face of the impending advance of the controversial Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam in their territories despite having won a suspension of the project, Prensa Latina reported Sunday.Indigenous Leaders in the Amazon Face Death Threats as Community Files Lawsuit Against Peruvian Gov.
Leaders of the Shipibo indigenous village of Santa Clara de Uchunya, accompanied by their representative organisation FECONAU, filed a constitutional law suit challenging Peru’s regional government authorities for failing to secure legal protection of their traditional lands and enabling its acquisition and clearance by an international agribusiness company.US Returns Remains of 54 Indigenous People to New Zealand
Four mummified Māori heads have been returned to New Zealand as part of the second-largest repatriation of indigenous remains in the country’s history. Following five years of negotiations, the Smithsonian Institution in the US agreed to return the objects, made up of the remains of at least 54 Māori and Moriori individuals.