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Tales from the crypt

Bejewelled skeletons tell how Europe’s attitudes to death changed from familiar to fearful. Geographical speaks to author Paul Koudounaris about decorating the past
Both Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu, refute allegations that they are planning on forcing Maasai Mara tribes off their land in order to turn it into a game park
A donation to the British Museum has revealed Danish influence on Greenland’s indigenous Kalaallit people
The Maasai Mara tribe are facing eviction from their ancestral land, which is under sale to a safari company linked to the royal family of Dubai
As a Survival International report warns that plans for nature reserves often cause suffering for indigenous peoples, we look at how this has been occuring for longer than anyone would like to admit

Reed riders

Ancient boating techniques are still faithfully serving the Peruvian fishermen of Huanchaco, whose reed-built vessels have been seen on the waters of the Pacific Ocean for over 3,000 years

Siberia success

Life is good for the Nenets herders of the Yamal Peninsula in northwest Siberia, says Ed Vallance. Unlike many indigenous groups, they have found a way to preserve their traditional way of life in a modernising world
New study demonstrates a significant difference in exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) outdoor air pollution between white and non-white people in the USA
A DNA analysis of chicken bones from islands across the Pacific has refuted claims that Polynesians arrived in South America before Columbus
Genghis Khan’s rise was propelled by a temporary run of nice weather, a new study of tree rings in ancient trees in central Mongolia suggests
New study provides evidence that three ancient river systems flowed across the Sahara, suggesting they would have provided a viable route for human migration to the Mediterranean

Festival of flight

Each year, in Bhutan’s remote Phobjikha Valley, thousands of people gather for the Black-Necked Crane Festival, a vibrant show of solidarity aimed at protecting the endangered dancing birds by providing a source of income for local farmers. And it has…

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