Other Indigenous Traditions

Cultural Approaches to Marriage

March 11, 2004

Source: Pacific News Service

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=00b3049f18fee6bfe9709afbfa8bdc71

On March 11, 2004 Pacific News Service published an article on the ways that different cultures and societies define marriage. "The American Anthropological Association, the national professional organization of teachers and scholars who study human organization across the world, denounced the proposed...

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Church Tries to Mitigate Tensions With Indigenous Community

March 4, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3529921.stm

On March 4, 2004 the BBC News reported, "The race riots in Australia's biggest city, Sydney, have focused attention on the role of the Church in helping to heal the country's fractured indigenous community. Dozens of police officers were injured in last month's confrontation in the inner-city district of Redfern. The violence was sparked by the death of an Aboriginal teenager, which is the subject of...

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Members of the Purepecha Indigenous Group Celebrate Candlemas Day

February 28, 2004

Source: Voice of the Valley

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=8b2d879134c73044537f81a8b09e0b32

On February 28, 2004 Voice of the Valley reported, "Some 150 people gathered recently in a private home in the Central Valley town of Madera for an emotive ritual. The ceremony, known as Candlemas Day, is traditionally celebrated Feb. 2, or 40 days after Three Kings Day. Candlemas Day celebrates the '...

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Native Americans Rally to Save Sacred Peaks

February 24, 2004

Source: Indian Country

http://www.indiancountry.com/?1077632955

On February 24, 2004 Indian Country reported that "Hopi, Navajo, Yavapai Apache and Havasupai medicine men and cultural leaders united with college students and activists, issuing an appeal and a warning to halt plans to desecrate sacred San Francisco Peaks... San Francisco Peaks is dwelling place of the Gaan, Mountain Spirit people of Yavapai Apache, one of the Navajo’s Four Sacred Mountains and a place of...

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Native Americans Offended by Grammys

February 12, 2004

Source: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/tv/160244_tv12.html

On February 12, 2004 The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported on Native American reactions against the final performance by OutKast's Andre '3000' Benjamin at the Grammy Awards. "After Jack Black dramatically announced, 'the natives were getting restless!' over a Native American chant, the lights went up, showing a smoking tepee from which Dre emerged dressed in green buckskin and...

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Reconciliation Begins for Native Americans in South Dakota

February 11, 2004

Source: Indian Country

http://www.indiancountry.com/?1076510698

On February 11, 2004 Indian Country reported that "the drumming and singing reverberated throughout the rotunda of the South Dakota State Capitol building just as the political impact has filtered into the state offices in the past year. The seat of government in a state with a dubious reputation for race relations has slowly become a place with a friendly atmosphere and a welcoming feel, many people who attended...

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Interfaith Service in South Carolina

January 31, 2004

Source: The State

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/7840904.htm

On January 31, 2004 The State reported, "People of faith from a wide range of traditions came together at Washington Street United Methodist Church Friday night to affirm their commitment to fight poverty and injustice in the world. The interfaith worship service, which drew a diverse crowd of more than 200, was part of the People’s Agenda for Economic Justice, a two-day effort...

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Native American Practices in MN Prison

January 22, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=12497

On January 22, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "An inmate says he's been denied the opportunity to perform religious and cultural ceremonies at the Kandiyohi County Jail, and he's enlisted the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union to help. Kevin Olberding said he was not allowed to conduct an American Indian religious ceremony that included smoking a ceremonial pipe and smudging sage...

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Annual Voodoo Festival Draws Thousands From Around The World

January 9, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/414661.cms

On January 9, 2004 The Times of India ran an Agence France Presse article that reported, "Draped in animal skins with bones and fetish charms clattering, thousands of west Africans, Americans and Caribbean islanders are trooping into tiny Benin ahead of Saturday's annual voodoo festival in the southern town of Ouidah. Born at the end of the 16th century on the...

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Interfaith Forum Says Human Failings Responsible for Lack of Peace

December 7, 2003

Source: New Straits Times

http ://w ww.emedia.com.my/Current_News/NST/Monday/National/20031208074840/Article/

On December 7, 2003 the New Straits Times reported on a forum on "Religion and Violence: The Spiritual Response to Terrorism" held by the Malaysian Interfaith Network (MIN): "Speaking as chairman [of the MIN], [Datuk Anwar Fazal] saw much of the world not being at peace with itself because people were not at peace with themselves and, by that token, with others...Representatives of Islam, Christianity, Hinduism,...

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Editorial: This Thanksgiving, Let Us Give Thanks to Native Americans

November 26, 2003

Source: Tolerance

http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_tol.jsp?id=901

On December 26, 2003 Tolerance published an editorial by Jesse Villalobos on the selective and discriminatory ways in which Thanksgiving is taught in elementary schools. Villalobos, of Native American descent, writes,"My grandfather came from the great Purepecha people of the Pátzcuaro region of Michoacán — now part of Mexico. When I visit this place, I'm reminded of the selective...

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In Murder Case, Lawyer Seeks Clergy Rights for Native American Medicine Man

November 20, 2003

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~1778300,00.html

On November 20, 2003 The Denver Post reported, "A Native American medicine man can keep murder a secret, just as a priest or other member of the clergy can, a Durango lawyer argues in a case that could shape federal law. 'There is no question in my mind that a Native American spiritual leader should be accorded the same rights as other clergy,' said Walter Echo-Hawk,...

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African Leaders Discuss Religious Influences in Political Instabilities

November 10, 2003

Source: AllAfrica Global Media

https://allafrica.com/stories/200311110145.html

On November 10, 2003 AllAfrica Global Media reported, "[A]t the 10th Ordinary Intergovernmental Authority on Development summit in Kampala, Uganda, [political leaders discussed] stalemated thorny issues such as the Somali peace process and Ethiopia-Eritrea border tensions...

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