Category: Indigenous Cultures & Anthropology

3 Magical Women of the Forest Peoples

Since pre-Christian times in central Europe, the wise old woman, the sagae, as Tacitus calls her, had enjoyed respect and reverence. She was something of a shaman or worked at least similarly to a shaman, seer, herbalist, or midwife. In rural areas, she played a central role until the beginning of our modern era. The …continue

Santa’s Secret Helper: Amanita Muscaria

Whatever you’re celebrating this time of year, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll encounter Santa Claus at some point. Whether he’s at the mall, on your beverage, or a pub-crawling mob donning red coats and white beards, blocking sidewalks and intersections—the man is ubiquitous this time of year. However, slightly less well known is Santa’s secret …continue

New Release: Tibetan Shamanism

A centuries-old tradition that lived on in exile only to die out in Nepal Originally settled by warring nomadic tribes, Tibet has a violent birth story that is often forgotten. It wasn’t until Buddhist teachings were integrated into local shamanic traditions that these different communities were unified, creating the peaceful and spiritually-focused Tibetan culture as it is known …continue

New Release: Wisdom Keeper

In his new book, Wisdom Keeper: One Man’s Journey to Honor the Untold Story of the Unangan People, Ilarion Merculieff seamlessly weaves together the remarkable strands of his life and culture into a fascinating account. Tracing the extraordinary history of his ancestors, Merculieff describes the rich traditions of the Unangan—spirituality, art, dance, music, storytelling, science …continue

Martín Prechtel: Always a Place at the Table

Below is an adapted excerpt from Martín Prechtel’s The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic, a book that chronicles the author’s incredible journeys in a genre-defying format that’s part myth, part lyrical memoir, and part cultural commentary. In keeping with June’s themes of growth, rites of passage, and coming into oneself, we’ve selected a counterbalance to the popular conceptions …continue

Embracing Your Family’s Story This Holiday Season

Envisioning and embracing the family as a whole brings connection and peace to the holiday season. Guest post by Francesca Mason-Boring, author of Connecting to Our Ancestral Past Our Western, particularly American, consciousness is rife with blame. Therapy often consists of identifying who should be held accountable for our lot, and analysis of the dysfunction of …continue