Council resolution condemns exploiters of sweat lodges

Council resolution condemns exploiters of sweat lodgesThe deaths of three people in Arizona in early October at a “Spirit Warrior” program has led to the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council taking a stand in opposition to such programs. These three were part of a group of about 65 people who paid up to $9,000 each to take part in a ceremony in a crudely constructed sweat lodge conducted by self-help expert James Arthur Ray.>>>

Noorvik overturns ban on Native dance

Noorvik overturns ban on Native danceInupiaq elders and the Christian church congregation in Noorvik, near Kotzebue, have voted to overturn a century-old ban on traditional dancing in the village. Missionaries instituted the ban because they associated dancing with shamanism, and generations of villagers have grown up without learning the moves.>>>

UTC Students Learn By Practicing “Law And Order: Native American”

UTC Students Learn By Practicing “Law And Order: Native American”Students at UTC will participate in a “Turtle People Talking Circle,” demonstration in which they will replicate the methods many First Nations of Canada and Native Americans of the U.S. use to deal with criminal matters and community disputes, instead of courts and the legal system.>>>

Reading between the lines of the Maya calendar

Reading between the lines of the Maya calendarWriting From Guatemala City - The world may not end two years from now, despite Internet predictions and this week's blockbuster disaster movie, "2012." On screen, the final day in the 5,126-year Maya calendar brings global destruction, and Los Angeles slides inexorably into the sea.

Here in the cradle of Maya civilization, however, shaman/priest Calixta Gabriel said Mother Earth -- Madre Tierra -- would suffer "hunger, wind and thunder," but rumors of its demise are greatly exaggerated.>>>

Chinese town embraces technology while retaining its Shangri-La image

Chinese town embraces technology while retaining its Shangri-La imageImagine a remote province in southwestern China. A roomful of American teachers sit transfixed on wooden benches in a classroom, listening to a young student of ancient dongba — a religion, language and form of hieroglyphics. Dongba, he explains, is the only hieroglyphic writing still in use. The school teaches dongba to young people of the Naxi (NA-shee) tribe in order to preserve their heritage.

Behind the tunic-clad young man sits an impressively attired shaman.>>>