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For Navajo medicine man, ceremony and tribal custom is at the center

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That's one way Francis Mitchell summons people he meets to keep in touch with Navajo culture. At 67, Mitchell is a Navajo medicine man, a Vietnam veteran, father of nine and mentor and spritual advisor to many.

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Ten times? Fifteen? I lost track years ago.
But each time I visit, I'm exposed to something new and exciting that resonates with me for years.

Isolated Mashco-Piro Indians appear in Peru

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Peru drug experience a trip too far, tourists told

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