Monday, October 27, 2014

ITALY & BRAZIL: Interview with Professor Massimo Canevacci and Flavia Kremer Discussing the Bororo Culture and Tradition (Part Two)

Bororo girl (Photo courtesy of Massimo Canevacci)

In Part Two of this interview series with Professor Massimo Canevacci and Flavia Kremer, both professors discuss their research and compassion for the Bororo people in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The Bororos attempt to hold on to tradition. Yet there are many outside threats. They are often terrorized by vicious local predators, westernization (religion and dominance) and modernization. The passing of the late José Carlos Kuguri, the last great Mestre dos Cantos (master of songs) was a blow to many feelings of optimism. [read]

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"The Price of Honor": The World Can Help Restore Honor and Faith by Shedding Light On Violent Traditions

Sarah and Amina Said: The Price of Honor Film Poster
Experts suggest that the reports on honor violence are not being treated as such. For example, In the United States, they are often  mislabeled, which hinders the investigations. According to The Price of Honor Documentary, within the western world, honor violence is mistaken for domestic violence because the perpetrator is usually family. Yet there is a distinct difference between the two. [read]

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ITALY & BRAZIL: Interview with Professor Massimo Canevacci- Discussing the Bororo Culture and Tradition (Part One)

South American, Brazilian Bororo woman by Patrick de Wilde/ Photo via

The fascination with the Bororo culture may stem from British archaeologist and explorer Percy Fawcett, born in 1867 who went missing after a return expedition to Brazil. The Bororos were encountered during a search for Fawcett. Renowned French anthropologist, Claude Lévi-Strauss lived with the Bororo people for some time. Somewhat trailing a similar path of ethnographic research, Professor Canevacci discovers a new approach. His study could be a pathway to unleashing the key to the human spirit. [read]

Monday, October 13, 2014

Transnational Feminism: Uniting Women in Sisterhood.

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Feminism’s goal, plain and simply is to abolish sexism and to eliminate the patriarchal worldview. Naturally, it would seem straightforward enough- women and men, fighting for equality. Nowhere in the definition does it restrict feminism, limiting it to being solely beneficial to white women, and yet, feminism as it is understood in the United States is largely a white centered concept. [read]

Monday, October 6, 2014

No Nation Can Afford to Look the Other Way : Honor Construed!

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Honor paralyzes free will. Women and girls are beholden to honor to uphold their family’s tradition. They can never aspire to do anything more than what’s required by their customs and faith. These women and girls become lost and absent from development and creativity. Their contributions to humanity as geniuses, mathematicians, scientists and artists shall never be archived and listed. Hence, the world loses a segment of its innovators. [read]