Miners and Aboriginals in Canada: I’ll see you in court

Miners and Aboriginals in Canada: I’ll see you in courtThese days Canada’s aboriginal groups use public pressure, backed by legal action, to protect their lands against exploitation by outsiders. This month the government of British Columbia reached agreement with forest companies, environmental groups and 26 First Nations communities to protect from logging.

American Shaman: The Incredible Story of Lucas Weiss

American Shaman: The Incredible Story of Lucas WeissI first heard about Luke Weiss from an elder of the Waorani, a tribe scattered along the Amazon tributaries of northeastern Ecuador. He spoke of a white man living with the Secoya, a small tribe settled on a nearby river, but one who had ceased to be a white man. This man had become Secoya.

International Quechua Research Institute in Bolivia

International Quechua Research Institute in BoliviaBolivia is preparing to build an International Institute of the Quechua Nation to study indigenous Quechua science, culture and language, according to an announcement in December by the Quechua Institute of Language and Culture and the Provincial Government of Cochabamba.

Capturing the Treasured Wisdom of Female Shamans in Russia

Capturing the Treasured Wisdom of Female Shamans in RussiaIn the Russian wilderness of Tuva, female shamanism is alive and well—and visiting the local healer is as commonplace as a day out at the beach.
Located in southern Siberia on the border with Mongolia, the Russian republic of Tuva is home to ancient shamanic traditions practiced by women as well as men.

White Boy Blazing a Trail in Black South African Spiritual World

White Boy Blazing a Trail in Black South African Spiritual WorldKyle Todd is a spiritual healer, or sangoma as healers are known in his native South Africa. At 12, he is one of the youngest whites to be initiated into the practice of traditional medicine — a profession traditionally dominated by blacks.