The beckoning silence: Why half of the world's languages are in serious danger of dying out

The beckoning silence: Why half of the worldOf the 6,500 languages spoken in the world, half are expected to die out by the end of this century. Now, one man is trying to keep those voices alive by reigniting local pride in heritage and identity.
High up, perched among the remote hilltops of eastern Nepal, sits a shaman, resting on his haunches in long grass. He is dressed simply, in a dark waistcoat and traditional kurta tunic with a Nepalese cap sitting snugly on his head.>>>

Firm seeks carbon deal for Brazilian tribes

Firm seeks carbon deal for Brazilian tribesBrazilian tribes should be entitled to billions of carbon credits in return for sustainable management of their forests, according to a new legal opinion from a major law firm.

At the Copenhagen climate conference, countries are expected to finance the preservation of forests around the world by awarding them carbon credits that can be sold to rich nations as a way for them to offset their greenhouse gas emissions.

Shamans donít want to be rich

Shamans donít want to be richTuva, poverty-stricken and isolated on the Mongolian border, wants to return to ancestral values. But is this possible with the country now threatened by climate change, with its snow cover dwindling and rainfall erratic? >>>

Andean nations seek revival for ancient Inca tongue

Andean nations seek revival for ancient Inca tongueA shaman blows a bull's horn on festival day and pivots to clouds of burning incense in a purification ceremony, all shot on video.

The snapshot of native American life opens "Nukanchik Yuyay," a twice-daily newscast in Quechua, the language spoken by millions of people across the Andes and enjoying a revival as even presidents take up its cause.>>>

Witchcraft and human kind

Witchcraft and human kindA FEW years ago a self-confessed wizard rocked up at a police station in rural Zaka, Masvingo Province, and told bewildered officers that he was tired of witchcraft and that he had come to surrender his Ďinstruments.í
Unconvinced, the cops asked if he could stage a live demonstration of his capabilities and he gladly obliged but with a health warning. He went into a trance, then started chanting incomprehensibly while rubbing together two sticks from his arsenal.>>>