From construction worker to shamanic healer

From construction worker to shamanic healerBatgerel Batmunkh, a shaman, kisses his niece Munkhsoyol while 'possessed by the white spirit' during a shamanic healing ritual in their ger on the outskirts of Ulan Bator, Mongolia, in a photo taken on July 4, 2012 and made available to NBC News today.

From White Buffalo Naming Ceremony, a Conversation With Lakota Medicine Man

From White Buffalo Naming Ceremony, a Conversation With Lakota Medicine ManLakota Medicine Man Steve Stonearrow traveled to northwestern Connecticut along with a group of Lakota elders to perform a naming ceremony for a white buffalo born June 16. This interview took place the night of July 29, the day after Stonearrow named the white buffalo Yellow Medicine Dancing Boy in ceremony.

Drumming Proves Beneficial for Overcoming Substance Abuse Disorders

Drumming Proves Beneficial for Overcoming Substance Abuse DisordersA research study conducted by a team of psychiatrists based in Los Angeles, California concluded that drumming is beneficial for American Indians and Alaska Natives with substance abuse disorders, but clinical trials are needed to establish it as a standard treatment.

Winnemem Wintu Tribe Wrestles With Bureaucracy to Perform Sacred Ritual

Winnemem Wintu Tribe Wrestles With Bureaucracy to Perform Sacred RitualFollowing many protests and support from grassroots activists to protect the privacy of their Coming of Age ceremony, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe was allowed to hold its ceremony along the McCloud River in northern California with minimal interference from outsiders.

Native Americans to celebrate white bison in Conn.

Native Americans to celebrate white bison in Conn.GOSHEN, Conn. (AP) The birth of a white bison, among the rarest of animals, is bringing Native Americans who consider it a sacred event to celebrate at one of the least likely of places, a farm in New England.