Two spirits, one struggle: The front lines of being First Nations and gay

Two spirits, one struggle: The front lines of being First Nations and gayShortly after coming out, dancer Tyler-Alan Jacobs was beaten so badly that his right eye was dislodged and the side of his face was caved in.
Jacobs woke up in the hospital to the sight of his father leaving the room; his father couldnít bear to look at him.

He Heals With Sand: Wallace Ben is a Sand Painter and Medicine

He Heals With Sand: Wallace Ben is a Sand Painter and Medicine Medicine man and traditional sand painter Wallace Ben is a practitioner of the Navajo Hoízhoí ideology, the concept of balance and beauty.
Difficult to directly translate into English, itís a consideration of the nature of the universe, the world, man, the nature of time and space, creation, growth, motion, order, control, and the life cycle. In a word, thatís what the 65-year-old has been bringing to his hand sand drawings for over 50 years.

Brazil: Gunmen threaten to assassinate leading Amazon shaman

Brazil: Gunmen threaten to assassinate leading Amazon shamanDavi Kopenawa, shaman and internationally renowned spokesman for the Yanomami tribe in Brazilís Amazon rainforest, has demanded urgent police protection following a series of death threats by armed thugs reportedly hired by goldminers operating illegally on Yanomami land.

Hot in Mexico: Sweating it out in a Mayan Temazcal steam bath

Hot in Mexico: Sweating it out in a Mayan Temazcal steam bath(CNN) -- Aarti Aziz and her husband Moosa are locked inside a pitch-black concrete dugout in Mexico, sweating in unbearable heat.
With them is a shaman who has been chanting ceaselessly for the past two hours as strange vapors swirl around them.
It may sound like a harrowing ordeal, but it's one the couple volunteered for.

A mixture of faith and medicine

A mixture of faith and medicineWhen 18-year-old Gopinathan (name changed) of Varichiyur underwent a behavioural change owing to his addiction to cannabis a couple of years ago, his parents took him to a priest who told them that their child was possessed by an evil spirit which can only be purged at a faith healing centre in Tiruchi. Without any delay, the boy was taken to the centre where he was tonsured and branded with hot iron on his head.