Old Gold Amid the Concrete

Old Gold Amid the ConcreteThe alluring flora and fauna of the Costa Rican rainforests have spawned a thriving eco-adventure tourism industry here. But long before zip-lining and volcano hikes, indigenous peoples were mining rich gold deposits and drawing artistic inspiration from the everyday biodiversity of their forests, rivers and shorelines. The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, in the heart of the gritty capital city of San José, transports us back to that time.>>>

South Korean shamans fluidly absorb cultural change

South Korean shamans fluidly absorb cultural changeAs the Republic of Korea—spurred by the world's fastest-growing economy from the 1960s to the 1990s—has rapidly developed, shamans and the rituals they perform have adapted to their new hyper-modern landscape and transformed their work in the process. During this time, the South Korean countryside has almost completely disappeared, old shrines have been crowded out by urban development, clients turn to cell phones to connect to shamans, and most shamans now chant, sing, and mime their rituals in anonymous rented commercial space. >>>

Dolphin therapy is booming despite concerns about efficacy and animal cruelty

Dolphin therapy is booming despite concerns about efficacy and animal crueltyDo you or does your child suffer from cerebral palsy? Down syndrome? Autism? A knee injury? General ennui?

If you do -- and you have a week or two and a few thousand dollars to spare -- a growing and controversial group of global entrepreneurs claims it can help you feel better by putting you in close contact with dolphins.>>>

Native dancing ban lifted in Alaska village

Native dancing ban lifted in Alaska villageBobby Wells has lived all his life in this remote Alaska village, where the Eskimo dancing of his ancestors was banned by Quaker missionaries a century ago as primitive idolatry.

Now Wells, 53, and other residents of Noorvik have wholeheartedly embraced the ancient practice outlawed in the Inupiat Eskimo settlement, which was established in 1914.>>>

Mystic tourism to be promoted during Ucayali Carnival

Mystic tourism to be promoted during Ucayali CarnivalAs part of celebrations for 2010 Ucayali Carnival, the Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Dircetur) organizes a shaman session in order to promote the mystic tourism in the area, with the participation of domestic and foreign tourists.

Head of Dircetur – Ucayali, Oscar Vasquez Alva said that 15 famous shamans of Ucayali department will be in charge of the session to be held on February 26, at 21:00 hours (02:00 GMT), at Divina Montaña Resort.>>>