When Customs Become Confusing

When Customs Become ConfusingWhen we accepted an invitation to the sweat lodge we had no idea that white people were going to be going in with us.
The directions given to me and a relative were supposed to lead us to the secluded area where the sweat was going to be held. The route was confusing and full of ndn descriptors: look for a red mailbox, turn by a pond, drive over two bridges, watch for a red ribbon tied around an old pole, etc.

Seven in court for Welbedacht stoning

Seven in court for Welbedacht stoningPARENTS that lost their baby allegedly stolen by a local Sangoma Picture: DOCTOR NGCOBO
Seven men – including a missing child’s father – arrested in connection with the stoning to death of a Welbedacht sangoma have appeared in separate court rooms at the Chatsworth Magistrate’s court.

A New Moon ritual with a New Age flavor

A New Moon ritual with a New Age flavorThe women in the Rosh Hodesh group at Bloomfield’s Temple Ner Tamid sat in a circle, eyes closed.
Nancy Dakota Adlman got up quietly, drum in hand, and walked slowly around the circle three times, stopping in front of each woman to drum at different “chakras,” or zones, of their bodies. She repeated the ritual with a rattle and a rain stick noisemaker. As she completed her final circle, she returned to her place and signaled completion with three chimes of a bell.

Native woman to become first American Indian saint

Native woman to become first American Indian saintPope Benedict XVI, issued a decree in December 2011 saying that the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha will be among seven new saints to be canonised by the Vatican, with the ceremony expected to take place in 2012.

Andaman Islanders 'forced to dance' for tourists

Andaman Islanders The Jarawa tribe have lived in peace in the Andaman Islands for thousands of years. Now tour companies run safaris through their jungle every day and wealthy tourists pay police to make the women - usually naked - dance for their amusement. This footage, filmed by a tourist, shows Jarawa women being told to dance by an off-camera police officer