Central District

Two-millennium Bronze Drum Discovered In Thanh Hoa

THANH HOA (Vietnam)  – A bronze drum was unearthed in Vinh Loc district, the central province of Thanh Hoa, which, scientists believe, dates back 2,000 - 2,500 years.

Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reports that the drum was found on Sunday while a resident in Cau Mu hamlet of Vinh Long commune was digging ground for building his house.

It is 59cm in diameter and 43cm high with surface decorated with a raised 12-pointed star pattern along with other sophisticated patterns. However, it is not intact due to oxidation.

Researchers believe that the artefact might be a Heger Type I drum (in the Dong Son culture) which appeared about 2,000 - 2,500 years ago. Read more.

Stephen Hume: Province royally shafts First Nations government hosts in William and Kate visit
B.C. government politicians don’t yet appear to grasp the principles of reconciliation they so enthusiastically proselytize.

Tis the season of Truth and Reconciliation.

Alas, the truth seems to be that provincial politicians don’t yet appear to grasp the principles of reconciliation they so enthusiastically proselytize.

Reconciliation is about inclusion, not exclusion.

Yet even as officials planned ceremonies involving touring Royals and top officials from Canada and British Columbia during a visit to Bella Bella later in September, local government was told there was no place for it among the high muckymucks from Buckingham Palace, Ottawa and Victoria.

And so, as various protocol teams made preparations for the coming visit to the Great Bear Rainforest by Prince William, who is the Queen’s envoy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is her first minister, Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon and Premier Christy Clark, the province snubbed one of the few governments which actually claims First Nations as the majority of its elected officials.

Alison Sayers, chair of the Central Coast Regional District, the democratically elected government for the southern half of the Great Bear Rainforest, confirmed the premier’s office told her it  “just can’t find a role for you” in ceremonies welcoming Prince William and his wife Catherine (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge), plus their two young children.

There was a role for a Bella Bella chief and elders. There was no place for local government, even if the majority of its elected members represented First Nations.

Sixty-five per cent of Central Coast Regional District citizens are First Nations. These include not only Heiltsuk from Bella Bella, but Nuxalk from Bella Coola Valley and Wuikinuxv from around Rivers Inlet. The district extends from the Kitlope Heritage Conservation Area in the north to Rivers Inlet in the south and from near Anahim Lake to the offshore islands of the Outer Coast.

Four of the five directors elected to the local government responsible for about 25,000 square kilometres of a region declared the “jewel in the crown” of Canada’s protected landscape are First Nations.

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It’s Time to Speak Up for Salmon!

Kayla Brown, Hupa, stands with Chief Caleen Sisk, Winnemem Wintu, for Rivers and Water.

The Hupa People are in a crisis situation, with a potential repeat of the 2002 salmon kill on the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. Because the Bureau of Reclamation is refusing to let enough water out of the dams, the rivers are too low and too warm, and the salmon are beginning to show signs of disease.

Journey to a strange dream: Embankment, which is not.



Detroit, Michigan, USA

Night in the city: Pestel Street at 5 am.



Signs, rocks, tear gas, fireworks, broken glass, blood: The streets of Charlotte, N.C., have borne witness to days of unrest after a fatal police shooting on Tuesday.

Two nights of protests have included peaceful calls for unity as well as violence and destruction. On Wednesday night, a civilian was shot at a protest and now, city officials say, is on life support.

The unrest began after a Charlotte police officer shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott, under disputed circumstances. Both Scott and the officer who shot him are black. Police say Scott was armed and refused to drop his gun; his family and neighbors say he was holding a book.

Demonstrations began on Tuesday near the site of the shooting, close to the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, in the northeast section of the city. Protests started peacefully before turning into a confrontation between protesters and officers that left 16 officers injured.

On Wednesday afternoon, there were peaceful protests in uptown Charlotte (the city’s central district). The area is home to high-rise offices, luxury hotels and entertainment venues. Demonstrators gathered in front of Bank of America’s headquarters, marched to police headquarters and then gathered in an urban park, David Boraks of member station WFAE reports.

PHOTOS: Pain, Anger And Violence Fill Streets Of Charlotte, N.C.

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