Tribes fear for future as the world’s biggest reindeer herd suffers big fall

Tribes fear for future as the world’s biggest reindeer herd suffers big fallSURVEYS of the world’s largest reindeer herd have revealed an alarming decline that has left a question mark over the future survival of a Christmas icon.
The George River caribou herd, which roams the tundras of Quebec and Labrador, in Canada, has suffered a drop so severe that only 50,000 are estimated to remain, from a total of at least 385,000 a decade ago.

Massive 1,100+ year old Maya site discovered in Georgia's mountains

Massive 1,100+ year old Maya site discovered in GeorgiaAround the year 800 AD the flourishing Maya civilization of Central America suddenly began a rapid collapse. A series of catastrophic volcanic eruptions were followed by two long periods of extreme drought conditions and unending wars between city states.

Mayans launch apocalypse countdown

Mayans launch apocalypse countdownOnly 52 weeks and a day are left before Dec. 21, 2012, when some believe the Maya predicted the end of the world.
Unlike enthusiasts of other doomsday theories who suggest putting together survival kits, southeastern Mexico, the heart of Maya territory, plans a yearlong
celebration.
Mexico's tourism agency expects to draw 52 million visitors by next year only to the regions of Chiapas, Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Campeche. All of Mexico usually lures about 22 million foreigners in a year.

United Apostolic Church followers pray to both ancestors and Christian God at Fertility Caves

United Apostolic Church followers pray to both ancestors and Christian God at Fertility CavesMembers of the United Apostolic Church pray at the divine Fertility Caves deep in the Maloti Mountains near Clarens, South Africa, Dec. 14, 2011. The United Apostolic Church followers retain their traditional pre-Christian belief system of ancestor worship in parallel with their Christianity. At the Fertility Caves, the followers 'pray' to both the ancestors and Christian God. Living in the cave are various Sangoma's, or 'Witch doctors' who have been living in the caves for years and who appeal to the spirit world alongside the Christian beliefs of the United Apostolic Church followers.

A Christmas Story

A Christmas StoryThousands of years ago, the ancestors of the Eveny and Evenki tribes moved out of northeast China and spread out across forests, tundras and mountain ranges, from Mongolia to the Arctic Ocean, and from the Pacific almost to the Ural Mountains. They are the most widely spread indigenous people on any landmass on Earth.