The Medicine Hunter: In Cocoa Land

The Medicine Hunter: In Cocoa LandRecently I traveled to the South American country of Ecuador, where I continued a long-time passion, investigating cocoa. This has been a subject of great interest to me, and I wanted to see for myself the legendary cocoa plantations of Esmeraldas Province in Ecuador, where some of the world’s finest cocoa beans originate.

Sharing a culture

Sharing a cultureThe media and entertainment industries have portrayed Native Americans as people who wear feathers, live in tepees and ride horses.

Stereotypes such as these are mislead and damage the image of Native Americans today.

In his lecture, “Native Me: The Story Through My Eyes,” Benjamin Hale spoke of his struggles growing up as an “urban Native American” and how society has treated his culture in the Women’s Center Thursday.

Mayan, Taino traditions celebrated in Verona

Mayan, Taino traditions celebrated in VeronaPeople driving on Verona Road Sunday night could little know, though if they did they would likely wonder, about the Mayan and Taino ceremonies that were taking place in Miguel Sague's yard.

There was fire, incense, a sweat lodge, and afterward, a feast, as Mr. Sague introduced or re-introduced a small group of people to a Mayan fire ceremony, followed by a Taino sweat lodge experience.

White sangoma follows ‘calling’ of his ancestors

White sangoma follows ‘calling’ of his ancestorsSOME of his ancestors are black and they communicate with him in isiXhosa. They visit and guide him in his dreams. But because Paul Wagenhauser is a white man practising as a sangoma, a cultural practice very distant and foreign to his own background, there is still skepticism from both black and white people about what he does.

Living gods of the Himalayas

Living gods of the HimalayasThis time I set out for Devbhoomi, the land of the Gods, to encounter the reality of experience and the collective consciousness of a system of belief that is unique in its cultural context but common to all our histories.

Basking in the shadow of the majestic Himalayas, Kullu valley is a pastoral delight. Here people live off the land, mostly in villages, and Manali is its only cosmopolitan oasis.