Why the Pascua Yaqui Prayer Matters for Tucson

Why the Pascua Yaqui Prayer Matters for TucsonIt is fitting and proper that Dr. Carlos Gonzales offers a prayer at tonight's memorial for the victims, survivors and their families of the shooting that left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition. Dr. Gonzales is an associate professor at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine. He is a medical doctor. He is also a Pascua Yaqui Indian who embraces his culture and is learning the ways of traditional healing.

A guide to the door of the underworld

A guide to the door of the underworldOTTAWA ó At 84, Sheila Wright was sick, bereft, and tired of life. Sheíd lost her brother and husband, and she could no longer ski, skate, or play tennis; a heartbreaker for a woman who had won a mixed open doubles tournament just four years earlier.

Hmong community mourns revered cultural leader Vang Pao

Hmong community mourns revered cultural leader Vang PaoNao Shoua Xiong started to cry as he watched an online news report Friday about Gen. Vang Pao's death.
Xiong, 54, of Wausau is a strong man. He fought in a war. He has been uprooted from his home. He lived in a refugee camp. He started over in America. He's a Hmong shaman and statewide clan leader who has shown courage in speaking out against wrongs such as domestic abuse.

Sudan: Transcending tribe

Sudan: Transcending tribe"Between tribes there can only be war. And through war, the memory of war, and the potentiality of war, the relations between tribes are defined and expressed." - - E.E. Evans-Pritchard, British anthropologist of the Sudan

In the summer of 2010, the southern Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) torched and looted one of the oldest living kingdoms in Africa.

Searching for the Soul to Cleanse It

Searching for the Soul to Cleanse ItA new year, a new opportunity to cleanse the soul and start afresh. Isnít that what everyone says? Around this time of year, people can get consumed with ambitious resolutions, new gym memberships and spiritual purification. Itís never been my experience, though. Iím not sure where my soul resides, but wherever it is, itís probably a terrible mess.