The Mentawai of Siberut, Indonesia
Learn about the Mentawai, one of the best preserved of the indigenous cultures, and watch the presentation about their daily life, rituals, and shamans. Visit the website of Native Planet, an NGO dedicated to preserving indigenous peoples and cultures.
Sami boy with Reindeer. Photo by O. Monsen.
From UN Web Services Section.
Read about one reporter's recent visit to Norway, where 30,000 to 50,000 people have chosen to maintain the lifestyle of their Sami ancestors who inhabited the arctic and sub-arctic regions of Europe for thousands of years. View the slideshow of the traditional mixing with the modern. Read the article from the Missoulian.
Shamans and the Hmong Community
The shaman is a central figure in traditional Hmong religious practices and plays important role in Hmong culture in keeping the community connected, according to a panelist at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County.
Read the article from the Wausau Daily Herald. Submitted by Tim Flynn, FSS Three-Year Program graduate, Santa Cruz, California.
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Original research to test the effectiveness of shamanic healing. The shamanic providers received training from the Foundation, among others. From Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal, Nov/Dec 2007 · Vol 13, No. 6, pp. 18-29. Read the article.
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Shamanic Healing for Expectant Mothers
I worked with a young woman who was planning to start a family and wanted to be ready, physically and spiritually, before becoming pregnant. In her case, after working with my helping spirits, it was determined that soul retrieval and power animal retrieval would be beneficial for her. I continued to work with her during the pregnancy, being aware of focusing on my client and not her baby. Though at a later point in her pregnancy, I was advised that a power animal was also there for the baby. This was not really a power animal retrieval, more a "seeing" of the power animal's presence, which I told the mother about, and which was also comforting to her. Interestingly, she told me that since she had become pregnant, she had become increasingly aware of and attracted to this animal in her own life. Submitted by an FSS Three-Year Program graduate.
Mostly what I have done is to have pregnant women journey to learn who their power animals are, as protective birth allies and helpers. I usually instruct the woman to ask the power animal how to call it and how it will be of help. I find that the first hand experience is far more transformative in this case than me finding the power animal. My pregnant clients are not usually coming to learn shamanism, but they do want the extra help. I find that safety and confidence is usually what comes from this kind of work. Sometimes a power animal comes along for the baby too, even without asking. I have also done soul retrieval for women who have had traumatic birth experiences and this helps with the next birth, just to be more whole. Submitted by Nancy Friedrich, CCHT, retired midwife, FSS Three-Year Program graduate, Bolinas, California.
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