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Kiowa Tribe Builds Its First Tribal Park, Creating a Permanent Home for Sacred Rituals

Region: Tribal Nations

Topics: Culture

For more than 50 years, members of the Kiowa Gourd Clan have performed their annual Gourd Dance in a public park in southwestern Oklahoma, but a new bridge over the park forced them to come up with a new site. With help from a local contractor, Kiowa tribe members built a new location for the sacred practice: a park with a dance arena – on tribal land.

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Boxing Champion Gives Back by Training Village Youth for Free in Northern Sri Lanka

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: Culture

Rangithanathan Ramesh has won four medals in national boxing competitions in Sri Lanka. Now, he trains young men for free four days per week in a village near Jaffna.

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Kiowa Tribe Princess Balances the Demands of Her Position – and Still Does Homework

Region: Tribal Nations

Topics: Culture

Alyssa Granado is like many 18-year-olds in the Kiowa Tribe, balancing the demands of school with time for family and friends. Except that she’s the tribe’s princess.

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Gone Are the Goats: Wedding Dowries Get a Tech Upgrade in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Culture

In previous generations in Democratic Republic of Congo, dowries were often livestock or home furnishings. But today, prospective fathers-in-law are asking for smartphones, televisions and motorcycles, and would-be grooms are wondering how to pay for it all.

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Two Dozen New Murals Change the Picture at Mexico City’s Massive Open-Air Wholesale Market

Region: Mexico

Topics: ArtsCulture

Massive public murals have a long and storied history as an art form in Mexico. With the Central de Abasto – the world’s largest open-air wholesale market – as its canvas, the cooperative We Do Things has brought more than two dozen murals to the walls of the market, despite the obstacles of an earthquake and a shortage of funds.

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As Reading Culture Declines, Zimbabwe’s Authors Find an Audience Online

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Culture

Local authors as well as researchers on literacy trends say that Zimbabwe’s reading culture is in decline, citing accessibility and the rising prices of physical books. A new group of authors is eschewing traditional publishing and finding readers where they are – on social media.

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Cultural Programs for Mexico City’s Senior Citizens Expand Access to Civic Life

Region: Mexico

Topics: Culture

Historically, mobility restraints and political conditions have kept Latin America’s senior citizens from engaging fully in civic life. Now, a host of programs aimed at Mexico City’s seniors are breaking down those barriers and allowing participants to build connection and bring curiosity and compassion to the city’s cultural institutions.

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Advocates Urge Mexico City to Further Ease Way for Minors to Make Legal Gender Change

Region: Mexico

Topics: CultureHuman RightsPolitics

Officials in the capital city agreed in 2015 to make it cheaper and simpler for people to request a formal gender change on legal identity documents, but the change excluded those under 18, who must still submit to a court trial. Supporters are lobbying for alterations in Mexico City’s planned new constitution that would give minors the right to request gender and name changes through the administrative proceeding rather than a court proceeding.

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Nepalese Trail Runner Guides Others to the Top of the Game

Region: Nepal

Topics: Culture

Mira Rai, a former Maoist soldier and would-be migrant worker, pursued trail running and has risen to the top of the field, winning multiple local and international races. Her success is inspiring a new generation of young women to take up sports as a career.

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Women Bound to Muslim Law in Sri Lanka Seek Changes to End Discrimination

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: CultureHuman Rights

Muslims in Sri Lanka are obligated to comply with Muslim Law and a corresponding court system when it comes to marriage, inheritances and other personal matters, but women there say that system is discriminatory. Proposed changes to that law could end discrimination and give Muslim women a way out of abusive relationships.

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