Sweden's Native People Wait for the Return of Ancient Bones

SwedenGOTHENBURG, Sweden—In the early 20th century, human remains from all over the world were collected in the name of “racial biology,” which was in fashion at the time.

Uppsala University, Sweden's oldest university, housed Sweden's foremost center for this kind of research. Now, the university wants to make amends for its past transgressions.

Human remains have ended up in many different places in the name of research. In 1990, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act was passed in the United States in order to help native people recover these remains.

Witch doctor predicts South Africa win on Friday

Witch doctor predicts South Africa win on FridayIt takes three days for Winnie Nsimbi to concoct her secret potion from herbs, plants, crocodile and cobra parts, and the fat of a lion. But it could be the hidden weapon that helps an African soccer team to beat its competitors.

“It makes you strong,” she says. “It makes the other players tired, and it lets you run stronger.”

She points to another favourite ingredient: the ostrich bones that hang from the ceiling of her small shop at the Mai Mai market, Johannesburg’s leading purveyor of traditional medicine and spiritualism. “Ostrich gives you speed and helps you run faster,” she explains.

Ayahuasca: Believers call the Amazonian plant a sacrament; the state calls it illegal

Ayahuasca: Believers call the Amazonian plant a sacrament; the state calls it illegalOn a Saturday night in May, 15 middle-aged teachers, doctors, and artists — dressed in matching white garb — enter a South Miami home. A cloud of sage smoke makes the tidy suburban townhouse smell like a head shop. They pay $96, climb a set of stairs, and sit in a circle in a roomful of pillows. Then they turn off the lights.
In minutes, a Chilean shaman appears with a mystical healing brew. He sits in front of an altar and whistles as each person drinks from an eight-ounce cup. After a half-hour, they launch into a powerful hallucinogenic trip. For these 15 people, the all-night ceremony is a deeply religious experience.

National Aboriginal Day coming to Moose Jaw

National Aboriginal Day coming to Moose JawPipe ceremonies, teepee raisings, fiddle music — it sounds like Southern Plains Métis Local 160 is planning another National Aboriginal Day celebration in the Friendly City.

On June 20, all Moose Javians are invited and encouraged to attend the second annual local celebration of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, starting at 10 a.m. Last year, Moose Jaw’s National Aboriginal Day was held in Happy Valley Park. This year, the Métis Local 160 decided to locate the event city centre.

Tour of Talented Tiwis

Tour of Talented Tiwis For one day every year the community of Nguiu on the Tiwi Islands opens its arms to the world.

Not unlike other remote Aboriginal communities, Bathurst and Melville Islands have their share of problems.

Abject poverty, among other social issues, are sadly part of daily life.

However, those visitors who take the time to closely observe their surroundings will notice a plethora of minute differences.

Clean clothes are hung on the line to dry, chairs sit upright on