By Randy Boswell
Archeologists have shed stunning new light on the extinct Beothuk nation of Newfoundland, revealing through a study of carved pendants unearthed from coastal burial sites that the ill-fated people — who had inhabited the region for at least 1,000 years before the devastating arrival of Europeans in the 15th century — placed . . . → Read More: Birds were the Heart of Extinct Beothuk Nation’s Religion: Study
By Swain Wodening
[Snip] When the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes came to Great Britain they adopted many of the Celtic and pre-Celtic sites for their use. Barrows in particular were the focus of Anglo-Saxon holy sites. The temple site at Yeavering had an ancient barrow on its site. It had been adopted by the Celtic . . . → Read More: Using Native American Sites for Worship
By ICTMN Staff
While the U.S. government and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) denies their existence, Native American tribes have been telling stories about mermaids from time immemorial.
From the Halfway People of the Mi’kmaq and the Lampeqinuwok of the Maliseet, to the story of Ne Hwas told by the the Passamaquoddy and . . . → Read More: Mermaid Tales From Native Tribes Abound
By Max Dashu
[Snip] This isn’t exactly a book review, but I want to share some excellent information that the book provides about sacred place and story in North American Indian culture / religion. I’ll jump off from some of the information about American Indian women’s culture, female spirits and sacred sites, and medicine women, . . . → Read More: Female Powers and Places in Indian North America
In recent years, wearable art with animal parts has become downright trendy, particularly, though not exclusively, among twenty-something hipsters and their “ironic” ilk. Feathered earrings are all the rage, fox tails are on everyone’s purse and belt loop, and “hipster headdresses” are showing up everywhere from college campuses to Coachella.
Unfortunately, some artists . . . → Read More: Cultural Appropriation 101 for Dead Critter Artists
Reviewed by Julia Heath
Sydney Possuelo is on a mission to find the last uncontacted tribes in the Amazon. A passionate and radical explorer and ethnographer, Possuelo has devoted his life to the preservation of indigenous and uncontacted Amazonian tribes, in addition to creating a team of likeminded activists called the Sertanistas. Possuelo is also . . . → Read More: The Unconquered, by Scott Wallace
By Rick Kearns
Sunspots? Black holes? Comets? What will the apocalypse bring? To hear the New Agers tell it, we are doomed. But in the year running up to the next Winter Solstice, on December 21, 2012, the impending changeover to we know not what is already causing buzz, plus hotel reservations. But the voices . . . → Read More: Mayan 2012 Predictions: Apocalypse or a Game of Telephone?
Modern Science ‘Discovering’ What Our Indigenous Ancestors Surmised a Millennium Ago
By Ruth Hopkins
Before Galileo Galilei and Sir Isaac Newton, the Lakota studied astronomy. Many indigenous peoples did. They were natural scientists. What sets indigenous “ethnoastronomy” apart from mainstream western astronomy is native peoples didn’t feel the need to separate their spiritual beliefs from . . . → Read More: The God Particle and Wisdom of the Ancients
Richard Walker reviews Finding a Way Home: Indian and Catholic Spiritual Paths of the Plateau Tribes, by Patrick J. Twohy.
[Snip] In 1869 the Board of Indian Commissioners even noted in its annual report that where assimilating Indians was concerned, “the religion of our blessed Savior is…the most effective agent for the civilization of any . . . → Read More: Reconciling Christianity and Native Beliefs
By Joe Rao
The start of 2012 brings with it a new year of skywatching, and lunar enthusiasts are gearing up for a stunning lineup of full moons. But, where does the tradition of full moon names come from?
Full moon names date back to Native Americans of a few hundred years ago, of what . . . → Read More: How the Full Moons Got Their Names