Canada: 400th anniversary celebrations of first aboriginal baptism

Canada: 400th anniversary celebrations of first aboriginal baptismCelebrations begin today to mark the 400th anniversary of the first baptism of an aboriginal person from the land we now call Canada.

Mi'kmaq Chief Henri Membertou and 20 members of his family, were baptised on June 24, 1610 in the St Mary's Bay area of Nova Scotia, on Canada's east coast.

Music goes ‘bowling’: Unique ‘Bowls Project’ gives voice to women of ancient Babylonia

Music goes ‘bowling’:  Unique ‘Bowls Project’ gives voice to women of ancient BabyloniaIn ancient Babylon, Jewish women would visit the local shaman, whisper to him their deepest wishes, and then have those wishes inscribed on a clay bowl and buried beneath their homes.

More than 15 centuries later, Oakland-based composer Jewlia Eisenberg has brought those inscriptions back into the light and set them to music.

A priest at Pendle Witch Camp

 A priest at Pendle Witch CampPentagram flags flapping wildly in the wind, belly dancing beauties hurling flaming torches, and Nordic shamans calling down the old gods! It's hard to adequately capture and portray the intensity of what I just experienced with words alone, since this isn't a religion of words but one of encounter and experience. I've just returned from Pendle Witch Camp, an annual gathering of modern Pagans that occurs at the time of the Summer Solstice, the longest day. It was breathtaking and invigorating.

Explore Aztec Art at the Getty Villa

Explore Aztec Art at the Getty VillaThe Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire, on view at the Getty Villa until July 5, is the first exhibit of Aztec art west of the Mississippi. Nearly 90,000 visitors have seen the exhibit since it opened March 24.
"It's been extremely popular, a blockbuster show for us," said Paco Link, Senior Media Producer for the Getty. "It's brought in a whole new audience that has never gone to the Getty Villa or were interested in museums at all."

Aboriginal film decries threat to ancestral customs from water scarcity

Aboriginal film decries threat to ancestral customs from water scarcityThe drought that has affected the Murray-Darling basin in south-eastern Australia for several years has not only been a disaster for farming. The indigenous communities have also seen changes in the environment that endanger their ancestral customs, and though the rain has returned, concern for the future has taken hold.