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When the wise men of Europe’s Far North want to see beyond the merely visible, they bang their noid drums (1) until the rhythm and concomitant incantations prise open the creaky doors of perception.
Native American cultures are very political nowdays, the larger tribes are very careful about what they share with non-natives. The Lakota (the western bands of what we know as the Sioux) especially are very exclusive when it comes to their seven sacred rites and ceremonies.
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In this remarkable essay the late Colombian anthropologist Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff presents a powerful view of the Amazon river as seen by the area's tribal inhabitants. In doing so, he questions the validity of our modern views of landscape and nature.
"The Great Oak, the Weaving Maidens and the Red Boat, not to Mention a Lost Brush" in Folklore vol. 11 The Great Oak and Brother-Sister in Folklore vol. 16.
The earliest known depiction of a Siberian shaman, produced by the Dutch explorer Nicolaes Witsen , who authored an account of his travels among Samoyedic- and Tungusic-speaking peoples in 1692.
Shamanism is the most ancient and revered of the healing arts.