Christianity and the African Traditional Religion(s): The Postcolonial Round of Engagement

Indigenous African tribal religious masks By Dr. David T. Adamo / 10.31.2011 Kogi State University Abstract This article concerned itself with the modern encounter between Christianity and African Indigenous Religion (AIR) in Africa. It is essentially a postcolonial approach to what AIR and its essential characteristics is: God and humanity, sacrifices, afterlife and ancestors. The[…]

Cherokee Stories

These stories are from James Mooney’s History, Myths, and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees. Mooney was an ethnologist that worked for the Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Between 1887 and 1890 he did fieldwork with the Cherokee, mainly in North Carolina but also in Oklahoma. He published[…]

Native Americans of Puget Sound — A Brief History of the First People and Their Cultures

By Kenneth Greg Watson Historian Current scientific data indicate that Native Americans arrived from Siberia via the Bering Sea land bridge about 12,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age. Native Americans in King County, who are united by a common Lushootseed or Salish language system, believe they were created in this area at the[…]

Boise’s Forgotten Pandemic

Red Cross volunteers respond to the Great Pandemic, 1918. Headstones mark the city’s deadliest virus By Dr. Todd Shallat / 10.04.2016 Professor of History Boise State University Known as the Spanish flu — elsewhere as the Spanish Lady, the Blue Death, the Fever of War, and the Great Influenza — the terror hit Boise at[…]

Carolingian Art: An Introduction

Odo of Metz, Palatine Chapel Interior, Aachen, 805 (photo: Holly Hayes) By Dr. Nancy Ross / 12.19.2016 Assistant Professor of Art History Dixie State College Utah Charlemagne, King of the Franks and later Holy Roman Emperor, instigated a cultural revival known as the Carolingian Renaissance. This revival used Constantine’s Christian empire as its model, which[…]

It’s Been a Turbulent Start, but Juno is Now Delivering Spectacular Insights into Jupiter

Jupiter’s South Pole, as seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft on August 27 2016. Credit: NASA/SwRI/MSSS, processed by R. Tkachenko By Dr. Leigh Fletcher / 12.05.2016 Royal Society Research Fellow University of Leicester There was much excitement when the Juno spacecraft successfully arrived at Jupiter in July, after a five-year journey through the solar system. A[…]

Shameless Hypocrisy of Texans for Trump Shouting ‘Build That Wall!’

Construction workers on a project in Houston on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune An underground labor market provides abundant employment opportunities for undocumented immigrants in the United States. But working in the shadows often means accepting low pay and exploitation. In Texas, undocumented immigrants have no shortage of work By[…]

New Service Lets You Send Chocolate-Covered World’s Hottest Pepper Anonymously

12.19.2016 Pepper Bomb Your Mom is a new online service that allows you to send chocolate-covered Carolina Reaper peppers – the world’s hottest peppers – to your friends/enemies anonymously, for just $9.99. This past summer, 18-year-old friends Lizzy and Sabrina shot to internet fame after filming themselves doing the world’s hottest pepper challenge and posting the[…]

The Mormon National Convention, 1844

Sutcliffe Maudsley, “Lt. General Joseph Smith In Nauvoo Legion Uniform,” gouache on paper. By Benjamin Park / 08.17.2016 Whatever your feelings concerning Joseph Smith, Mormonism’s founder, you have to admit the guy was confident. The first decade of his church’s existence was mired in societal and political problems, and the final year of his life[…]

Archaeologist Kathryn Gleason on Roman Gardens

Garden archaeologist Kathryn Gleason By Annelisa Stephan / 10.08.2010 Research Specialist Kathryn Gleason is an expert on Roman gardens and a pioneer in the field of garden archaeology, an exciting and relatively new field. She spoke to us about what makes Roman gardens fascinating, how she unlocks the secrets of soil, and why snails, the[…]

Living Your Purpose

By Kathryn Hogan / 12.19.2016 What It Feels Like To Live From Your Heart Destiny. Mission. Purpose. Karma. There are many different names for that certain something. That thing that drives us, that feeling that pulls us. That thing that feels so right when we are pointed towards it. That thing that cannot be replaced[…]