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A Territorial Land Grab that Pushed Native Americans to the Breaking Point
18th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

The 1809 Treaty of Fort Wayne which ceded about 2.5 million acres of indigenous land for two cents an acre and ignited a resistance movement, fueling Chief Tecumseh’s war on whites at the Battle of Tippecanoe is now on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

Inventing a Vocabulary to Help the Inuit Tribe Talk About Climate Change
18th October 2017 | | Earth, Humans

One team is working with Inuvialuit elders to come up with a renewable energy terminology—and maybe revive a dying language in the process.

The Archaeology of Ancient American Civilisations
18th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

North and South America were supposedly ‘discovered’ by the Europeans in the late 15th century AD, but people from Asia arrived in the Americas at least 15,000 years ago.  Sample a taste of the complexity of the civilisations of Ancient America.  This article branches off into ten individual articles about each civilization discussed.

Honouring Historic Native Americans Hidden in History
18th October 2017 | | Humans

Representation of Native Americans in history books is historically inaccurate and only covers a small fraction of history during the exploration of Columbus, Thanksgiving, and the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890, to name a few events.  This article focuses on a few of those historic Native Americans who influence history but have been omitted from standard history books.

Tezcatlipoca: Aztec God of Night and Smoking Mirrors
18th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

According to Aztec mythology, Tezcatlipoca was a vengeful god, who could see and punish any evil behavior or action happening on earth. For these qualities, Aztec kings were considered Tezcatlipoca’s representatives on earth; at their election, they had to stand in front of the god’s image and perform several ceremonies in order to legitimize their right to rule.

Sitting Up with the Dead: Lost Appalachian Burial Customs
18th October 2017 | | Humans, Weird

Immigrants from Europe began migrating to the area in the 18th century with a large proportion of the population being Ulster Scots and Scotch-Irish. Many pioneers moved into areas largely separated from civilization by high mountain ridges and brought many traditions from the Celtic Old World that is still a part of America’s Appalachian culture today.  Folks in Appalachia are no stranger to death. The Dark Horseman visited so frequently that houses were made with two front doors. One door was used for happy visits, and the other door, known as the funeral door, would open into the Deathwatch Room for sitting up with the dead.

Ancestor Worship in Ancient China
18th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

Ancestor worship in ancient China dates back to the Neolithic period, and it would prove to be the most popular and enduring Chinese religious practice, lasting well into modern times. The family was always an important concept in Chinese society and government, and it was maintained by the twin pillars of filial piety and respect for one’s dead ancestors.

How the Sun, Moon and Stars Appear in Ancient Mayan Astronomy
18th October 2017 | | Humans, Space

The Ancient Maya were keen astronomers, recording and interpreting every aspect of the sky. They believed that the will and actions of the Gods could be read in the stars, moon, and planets, so they dedicated time to doing so, and many of their most important buildings were built with astronomy in mind. The sun, moon, and planets, Venus, in particular, were all studied by the Maya.

Indigenous Artists in Australia Use Ancient Techniques to Create New Rock Art
17th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A group of Indigenous artists from remote South Australia have been using ancient techniques to create brand new work. They are using ochre to paint stories on rocks, then taking stunning photos which they can sell. This allows artists to get out onto their country, teach the next generations their stories, and make money from the process. One artist painted the story of two sisters spearing a rainbow serpent at a waterhole.

5 Indigenous Cultures that Use Psychedelics as Medicine Instead of Popping Pills
17th October 2017 | Earth, Humans

While today psychedelics have largely been stigmatized, they have been an integral part of multiple civilizations. Article explores five indigenous cultures around the world that use psychedelics for ritual healing.

Why Did Ancient People Keep Skulls Around the House?
17th October 2017 | Ancient, Humans

Article is direct link to watch the first episode of Ancient People Did Stuff video series is about skull cults, a term for rituals of Neolithic human skull decoration and transformation in the West between 9,000 and 4,000 years ago.

Russian Arctic Ice Maiden Mummy
17th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

At a medieval necropolis in the Russian High Arctic, researchers have excavated the naturally mummified remains of a woman who lived some 800 years ago.

Adventures in Ayahuasca: a Ceremony of Transformation and a Subculture of Spiritual Healing
16th October 2017 | Earth, Humans

The many roads that lead to ayahuasca—an ancient Amazonian plant medicine that’s ritualistically ingested for its purported psychospiritual properties—are distinct, if convergent. For many centuries, ayahuasca’s mysteries were hidden away from the world at large, confined to the depths of the Amazon, where shamans from indigenous tribes served as gatekeepers to the plant’s psychoactive and seemingly otherworldly realm.

Apple Smart Watch Notification Helps Save Man’s Life
16th October 2017 | Humans, Tech

An Apple Watch notification from the HeartWatch App helped save man’s life in New York after it alerted him to needing immediate medical attention for a blood clot in his lungs.  Some doctors are now recommending both the watch and the app to their patients.

First Nations Seek to Raise Canada’s Rent After 150 years of $4 Payments
16th October 2017 | | Humans

Queen Victoria promised an annuity to each indigenous person around Lake Huron to use their territory. Now a legal case seeks to bring that treaty up to date.  Twenty-one First Nations representing about 30,000 people, have taken the Canadian Federal and Ontario governments to court, accusing them of failing to uphold the deal hashed out with their ancestors.

What Did Neolithic Man Eat at Stonehenge? Sweet Pork and Rich Cheese
15th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

Analysis of bones and pottery fragments shows evidence that special foods were consumed at feasts at the ancient site of Stonehenge.  On top of their prowess in constructing great monolith structures, Britons’ stone age ancestors were also apparently adept at staging first-rate parties. Roast honey-sweetened pork consumed with a range of rich dairy products including cheese, yogurt, and butter appear to have been commonplace fare.

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