U.N. Recognizes Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The United Nations General Assembly declaration spells out the fundamental rights of indigenous peoples including their right to their traditional lands and resources; their right to give their free, prior, and informed consent before governments take actions that negatively affect them; their right to be free from genocide and forced relocation; and their rights to their languages, cultures and spiritual beliefs. Click here to see the full article from Cultural Survival.org.
Newspaper Rock, Utah, USA
Photo by Jeremy Edwards
Many researchers now speculate that much of the rock and cave art illustrates the journeys of shamans. In these journeys to other worlds, ancestors, deities, and various creatures await the shaman, who deals with them in ways intended to heal the sick and meet other vital community needs. Read the article from Science News Online.
Evenk Shaman's Tent
An interesting account of the history and meaning associated with the shaman tents built by the Evenks of the Stony Tunguska and Lower Tunguska rivers basin of Siberia. Includes a creation story about a titanic battle involving a mammoth and other creatures, which led to the formation of the region. Read the article from The Russia Journal blog. Submitted by Tim Flynn, Three-Year Program graduate, Santa Cruz, California.
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An Interview with Michael Harner
Michael Harner describes his decades-long study and experience of shamanism, embodied in the development of Core Shamanism. Read the article. From Higher Wisdom by Roger Walsh and Charles S. Grob. Albany: State University of New York Press, ©2005
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Shamanic Healing and Allergies
I used to become devastated by hay fever symptoms right around late summer season and I would almost have to retreat from society until the frost came to the fields around town. Then, I began a long series of journeys to the spirits of key allergens to receive knowledge of what needs to shift in my life and my world in order to establish renewed, more amicable relations with the beings in spirit - pollens, microorganisms, and others. I have also journeyed to the spirits of standard western medical allergy relief medications and other types of medications for information on how to help them resonate most harmoniously with the soul of the person ingesting them and give better relief with fewer side effects. Since the shamanic journeying on this began, the hay fever symptoms have diminished to almost no trouble at all. For a several seasons I have barely noticed any allergy symptoms, even when the pollen counts are high. Any symptoms that do arise are mild and respond almost instantly to the simplest over-the-counter, old fashioned antihistamines. Submitted by Elizabeth Cunningham Perkins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (From a post on the FSS Members Forum, Shamanic Healing topic.)
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