Nat Ducat: Traditions provide for community health

Nat Ducat: Traditions provide for community healthIn the short days of winter, long, dark nights provide ample time for darker thoughts. Thoughts that seem to creep into your day, until the very air seeks to undermine your well-being. As a young person, when my grim countenance was measured and found in need, adults in my life told me, "Go play in the sun, and you'll feel better." A day like that, rare as it was, occasionally called for a steep climb up a tall tree to sway at the top with the wind as I basked in the bright light of our winter sun.

'Crop circle' in Indonesian rice paddy

Thousands of curious onlookers are flocking to central Indonesia to look at a "crop circle" in a rice field following rumors it was formed by a UFO.
Though clearly sculptured by humans it looks like an intricately designed flower the 70-yard-wide (70-meter-wide) circle has drawn so much attention that police have blocked off the area with yellow tape.

The lost tribe

The lost tribeMichael Dreaver has listened patiently for 45 minutes on a muggy afternoon in Ranui. The ranchslider is open, assisted by an electric fan battling for breeze, in the cramped pensioner flat. It's a lost cause. The air doesn't budge and everyone sits quietly steaming.

Rare Eskimo shaman mask sells for record-breaking $2.5 million

Rare Eskimo shaman mask sells for record-breaking $2.5 millionFacial protrusions that look like hands; dangling sticks and feathers; a wide and mischievous grin: It's no wonder this rare Eskimo shaman's mask was so precious to the Surrealists.

And now a price has been put on the value of the Donati Studio Mask -- it was sold for over $2.5 million Thursday to a U.S. collector.

Spirited First Nations play cause for celebration

Spirited First Nations play cause for celebrationLong ago, in the history of the Anishnaabe First Nation, when a boy was born who danced "in the way of a woman," he was raised as an agokwe (ag oo-kway), meaning "wise woman" or "Two-Spirited." He was deemed special and was ranked in status along with medicine men. Each of the First Nations had a word for this phenomenon--a boy who had within him both "the spirit of a man and the spirit of a woman--fire and ice."

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