The dancing feet of the Powwow

The dancing feet of the PowwowThe long prairie grass swayed in the hot summer sun. The young American Indian man, fasting and praying as he watched the grass dance in the wind, soon saw himself dancing in a similar manner.

DISCOVERING NATIVE CULTURE IN A SWEAT LODGE

DISCOVERING NATIVE CULTURE IN A SWEAT LODGEI have a funny relationship with my own culture in that I feel like a tourist in it. I was raised in complete seclusion from my Aboriginal background. There was no parental influence that rooted me in any cultural experiences. I grew up knowing the textbook definition of Indians. The hunter-gatherers, the feather in the hair, something about a peace pipe... It became clear these were just stereotypes. The truth is 'Indians' are my family, and I should probably know about my own culture. So, now that I’m in my early 20s, it’s become a goal of mine to immerse myself in the culture that I missed out on as a child. First stop, sweat lodge.

Healing the Earth: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change

Healing the Earth: Indigenous Peoples and Climate ChangeFor Indigenous peoples climate change is not a political slogan but an inescapable reality of their daily life. In a new series for the Ecologist, Gleb Raygorodetsky explores how different communities are responding to the challenges of climate change

Dogs Give Insight Into Human Strengths

Dogs Give Insight Into Human StrengthsDog – human’s best friend and trusted companion – but are they more than that? Can dogs give insight into human strengths and weaknesses? Some say that animals bring with them unique wisdom that we humans can glean from and, if embraced, become better through what is shared. This wisdom is called ‘animal medicine’ by ancient native people.

Two spirits rising

Two spirits risingKirby Peterson grew up in a small town on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico in a culture he described as unaccepting.
While some American Indian tribes are reverent of their gay and lesbian members, Peterson described his school years more like those of many LGBT teens around the country.
“Life was very hard on the reservation,” he said. “I was abused, called names and bullied.”
He said he was not accepted by his parents and thrown out of his house.