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Why So Many Icelanders Still Believe in Invisible Elves - Ryan Jacobs. If a road is completely necessary, the elves will generally move out of the way, but if it is deemed superfluous, a possibility at Gálgahraun, “very bad things” might happen.

Why So Many Icelanders Still Believe in Invisible Elves - Ryan Jacobs

“This elf church is connected by light energy to other churches, other places,” Jónsdóttir said. “So, if one of them is destroyed, it’s, uh, well, it’s not a good thing.” Though Jónsdóttir’s belief in elves may sound extreme, it is fairly common for Icelanders to at least entertain the possibility of their existence. In one 1998 survey, 54.4 percent of Icelanders said they believed in the existence of elves. That poll is fairly consistent with other findings and with qualitative fieldwork, according to an academic paper published in 2000 titled “The Elves’ Point of View" by Valdimar Hafstein, who now is a folkloristics professor at the University of Iceland. The elves differ from the extremely tiny figures that are typically depicted as assistants to Santa Claus in popular American mythology. The agency goes on:

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Australasia. North America. South America. Reporter's Notebook: 'What Part Of Sacred Don't You Understand?' : Code Switch. Hide captionNavajo activist Klee Benally chains himself to an excavator on the San Francisco Peaks, which he and 13 tribes consider sacred.

Reporter's Notebook: 'What Part Of Sacred Don't You Understand?' : Code Switch

Ethan Sing Navajo activist Klee Benally chains himself to an excavator on the San Francisco Peaks, which he and 13 tribes consider sacred. Laurel Morales covers Indian Country as a reporter for NPR member station KJZZ from a base in Flagstaff, which is on the edge of the country's largest reservation. The Paris auction of 27 sacred American-Indian items earlier this month marks just the latest in a series of conflicts between what tribes consider sacred and what western cultures think is fair game in the marketplace.

Horse Medicine : What Horses Teach Us. Speed, strength, and grace are the finer qualities of this noble animal.

Horse Medicine : What Horses Teach Us

The horse lived on the North American continent for thousands of years, but mysteriously disappeared and was later reintroduced by Spanish Conquistadors in the 1500's. American Indians quickly mastered equestrian skills and found the spirit of the horse to be a valuable asset in learning ways of leadership, safety in movement and freedom.

Even though the horse can be domesticated, it's spirit forever roams into the far reaches of freedom. The horse meant ease of movement for indigenous people who quickly learned they could hunt and move into new territories as never before. For those who seek the spirit of the horse, the idea of freedom may be a predominant theme. If horse has come in your dreams or visions, there may be a promise of safe travel ahead. The horse spirit is intensely independent that often creates conflict in personal and professional relationships. The Woman Who Chose to Plant Corn. Not long ago, a Diné (Navajo) friend of mine, Lyla June Johnston, sent me a one-line email: “I am not going to Harvard… I am going to plant corn.”

The Woman Who Chose to Plant Corn

Her statement signals a profound divergence from the path she’d set out on when she was an undergraduate at Stanford University. She is choosing instead to learn the lifeways of her culture, to become fluent in her language, to relearn traditional skills, to be intimate with the land. The dominant American culture does not encourage such a path. We’d talked about it before, her decision to take a prestigious graduate course at Harvard.

The usual themes came up: the doors that might be opened, the credibility that might be turned towards a good cause. It is often said that people like Lyla are role models for others of like background. Then there was the matter of a Harvard degree opening doors. What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital. Stephanie Marohn with Malidoma Patrice SoméWaking Times The Shamanic View of Mental Illness In the shamanic view, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer,” explains Malidoma Patrice Somé.

What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital

Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born. What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara people regard as “good news from the other world.” The person going through the crisis has been chosen as a medium for a message to the community that needs to be communicated from the spirit realm. One of the things Dr. 4 Ways To Honor Native Americans Without Appropriating Our Culture. I recently had a friend – a nice white lady I’ve known for years – ask me whether buying moccasins for her infant son would be considered cultural appropriation, and therefore offensive.

4 Ways To Honor Native Americans Without Appropriating Our Culture

She has read my many rants on things like hipster headdresses and Native American mascots, and she wanted to make sure that she wasn’t doing anything to warrant my Lakota wrath or a hashtag like #NotYourBabyFootware or whatever. I’ll tell you what I told her: There is a fine line between appropriation and appreciation. When Natives decry the wearing of faux headdresses at music festivals and in fashion spreads, or when we protest the use of our imagery on underwear and football helmets, we’re asking people like Ted Nugent and Pharrell Williams and institutions like the Washington Redskins to stop profiting from stereotypes proven to harm and dehumanize Native people. With that, I give you four ways to honor Native Americans without dehumanizing them. 1.