A Shaman's mask returns home after it was taken from the Inupiat Eskimo of King's Island, Alaska. A woman from Port Townsend, Washington, who possessed an ancient mask brought back from Alaska by a relative more than a century ago, tracked down the rightful owners and sent it back. Read the article from the Contra Costa Times. Submitted by Tim Flynn, FSS Three-Year Program graduate, Santa Cruz, California.
Read this interesting account of the shamanism of the Russian Altai in the Neva News, the English language newspaper of St. Petersburg. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, shamanism is regaining some of its former popularity. Visitors to the Altai region often find evidence of shamanic practices, such as white ribbons tied to trees and offerings of coins and food left for the spirits.
Check out the new aboriginal network of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for news, arts and culture, and history of the native peoples of Canada. Click to read an historical overview of aboriginal culture and its contributions to modern culture - for example, the little known fact that the federal system of government in the United States was modeled on the system of government devised by the Iroquois.
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From the Archives: Interview with Michael Harner
Read the transcript of the 1988 PBS "Thinking Aloud" television series interview of Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove in conversation with Michael Harner. The program can also be ordered on DVD.
Note: Each issue we plan to post on the website or provide a link to an article of interest. Check the Articles section for several varied perspectives on shamanism and shamanic healing, many from past issues of Shamanism, the Foundation's scholarly journal -- one of the exclusive benefits received with an FSS membership.
Students of shamanic healing often ask if they can work on behalf of themselves or a family member. While it is possible to work on behalf of oneself or someone close to you, it is not the best way - and not only because you might not have enough emotional distance to be effective. Perhaps the most important reason to seek another shamanic healer when you, a family member, or a close friend is involved is that the helping spirits are compassionate and giving - and will often more powerfully assist a shamanic healer who is working from this same attitude of compassion and altruism. -- Michael Harner
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