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Originally posted on Rashid's Blog:

Iraq is colorful. In Tigris-Euprates marshland people live in floating houses. Some tribes live here. They do fishing here. These hoses are build easily , in 2-3 days.

The population consisted of several tribes that had developed a beautiful, eco-friendly culture that centered on the marshes’ natural resources. One of the truly admirable aspects of their lifestyle was their beautifully elaborately designed huts – floating houses made entirely out of reeds that were harvested from the nearby water.

Marshlands of Iraq,which were endangered due to some government policies have a new ray of hope , Nature Iraq’ – an organisation founded by an Iraqi-American hydraulic engineer doing efforts to restore the Marsh Arabs to their homes with financial support from other countries. The organisation recently re-constructed a traditional reed mudhif, demonstrating that the ancient architectural method can still be used today.

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Olduvai Gorge

Originally posted on Jet Eliot:

Olduvai Gorge and monolith

Olduvai Gorge and monolith

I had the profound pleasure of visiting the world’s hub of paleoanthropological sites in the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania Africa. It is here where scientists have been studying and collecting evidence of the origins of homo sapiens for over a century.

Located in the Rift Valley, Olduvai Gorge is a 30 mile long ravine in northeastern Tanzania.  Millions of years ago it was a large lake.  Then approximately 500,000 years ago seismic activity created a stream diversion that cut into the sediments revealing seven layers in the gorge’s wall.  There is a huge monolith there in which these layers can be seen.

Olduvai-Gorge-siteAs we stood in the ravine we could look up onto the ridge and see the Leakey residence. In 1959 Mary Leakey discovered the well-preserved cranium of an early hominid here, proving that this was the earliest scene of human activity.  Use of stone…

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Narayana, child of the sea

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He who went upon the waves

 

Of the waters before the snows fell,

 

Markandeya, walking, saw him then,

 

Narayana, Creator of stars and the glimmering dew

 

Of dawn,

 

Long

 

Before the worlds were made,

 

Before the fish could glide,

 

Gold and blue,

 

Along the glade of coral reef,

 

Deep in the mists,

 

Narayana upon the green leaf,

 

Floated upon the sacred song,

 

Upon the buoyant pipal tree,

 

Where has he gone,

 

And when,

 

And how to tell?

 

Yet he is there even now, on the open sea,

 

Out past the rock-cut caves,

 

Beyond the bear-enchanted forests,

 

Of the farthest, hawk-lit hill,

 

Where the bell tolls still,

 

On the echoing tide,

 

Narayana, child of the sea,

 

He is there.

 

Poem: © Sharon St Joan, December 2014

 

Photo: © Catolla | Dreamstime.com 

Originally posted on The Confluence Countdown:

Not even three months after new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggest the world establish a day for yoga, the United Nations has done just that. From the Times of India:

Less than three months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea, the UN general assembly on Thursday adopted an India-led resolution declaring June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’, recognizing that “Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being.”

The resolution on ‘International Day of Yoga’ was introduced by India’s ambassador to UN Asoke Mukerji and had 175 nations joining as co-sponsors, the highest number ever for any general assembly resolution.

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It recognised that Yoga “provides a holistic approach to health and well-being” and that wider the dissemination of information about benefits of practising Yoga would be beneficial for the health of the world population.

For what it’s worth, I can’t find a thing about…

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Originally posted on Raxa Collective:

Recent research sequenced 48 bird species, including (from left) the budgerigar, the barn owl and the American flamingo. (Left and center)iStock; (Right) Chris Minerva/Ocean/Corbis

Recent research sequenced 48 bird species, including (from left) the budgerigar, the barn owl and the American flamingo. (Left and center)iStock; (Right) Chris Minerva/Ocean/Corbis

Thanks to National Public Radio (USA) for this podcast of a story we know our ornithologically-inclined readers will appreciate:

What do a pigeon and a flamingo have in common? Quite a bit, according to a reordering of the evolutionary tree of birds.

One of a series of studies published Thursday in Science is the latest step toward understanding the origins of the roughly 10,000 bird species that populate our planet.

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Originally posted on Coalition for American Wildbirds:

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To read part one first, click here.

Suzanne’s life journey led her on to Taos, New Mexico, as a facilitator for a new age workshop center, where she met many spiritual seekers and learned to see the many diverse ways that spirit works through us all.

With a life-long fascination for birds and feathers, and an artistic bent, Suzanne started making feather fans out of the feathers of birds who, sadly, had been killed on the roads – with absolutely no idea that this was illegal, until someone told her that all parts of native wild birds are federally-protected.

She switched to making the feather fans out of legally designated feathers from peacocks and other exotic birds (no birds were ever harmed for her artwork); she made a successful living by creating and selling beautiful feather fans.

At the same time, she began to volunteer at a wildlife center…

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Originally posted on bear Medicinewalker:

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“My father was David Israel, a full-blood Cherokee and my mother was Martha Jane Miller Israel, a quarter Cherokee. They were born in Georgia. My mother in 1836 and my father in 1837. They were brought to Indian Territory by their parents over the “Trail of Tears” when the Indians were driven from their eastern homes by the United States Troops. They were too young to know of the tragedies and sorrows of that terrible event. My aunt, who was 15 years old at the time, told me of the awful suffering along the journey. Almost everyone had to walk as the conveyance they had were inadequate for transporting what few possessions they had and their meager supply of food. Only the old people and little children were allowed to ride. They died by the hundreds and were buried by the roadside. As they were not allowed to remove any…

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Originally posted on Raxa Collective:

We have posted on the topic of intangible patrimony and include it in our explanation of entrepreneurial conservation; the topic extends to our interest in reading and the liberal arts. Below is a link to an op-ed piece published today, penned by a savvy academic whose primary focus is language, that we consider worthy of the brief reading time, even if you are not a language fanatic:

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Why Save a Language?

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Originally posted on Raxa Collective:

Orange-headed Thrush by Dr.Eash Hoskote - RAXA Collective

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