Reactions to Ray Verdict from Native Voices, Victim’s Families, and Pagan Community

"What right does Ray have to mimic, mangle, and manipulate Native ceremonies that have been carefully handed down among indigenous cultures over millennia? Ray does not own any rights to Native spirituality, because they are owned collectively by indigenous peoples and cannot be sold." - Valerie Taliman, Navajo, president of Three Sisters Media When three people died at the end 0f 2009 in a sweat lodge ceremony led by New Age guru, “Secret” booster, and two-time Oprah guest James Arthur Ray, few … [Read more...]

Quick Notes: Stonehenge, San Francisco Peaks, and Vodun

A few quick news notes to start off your Wednesday.Problems With Summer Solstice at Stonehenge: Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones lashes out at Pagans and other revelers who congregate each year at Stonehenge, noting the lack of (ancient) historical grounding and implying that it is only permitted now to avoid "public violence." "Eighteen thousand pagans, druids and – for all I know – modern Aztecsgathered at Stonehenge to celebrate the summer solstice. There were some drugs arrests, but j … [Read more...]

Protecting Native American Sacred Places

June 17th through June 21st of this year are the official 2011 days of prayer to protect Native American sacred places. Observances and ceremonies are being held across the country to honor and bring attention to the plight of Native sacred sites culminating in a Washington, D.C. Solstice observance on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30 a.m. on the United States Capitol Grounds, West Front Grassy Area. “Native and non-Native people nationwide gather at this time for Solstice ceremonies and to honor sacr … [Read more...]


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