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This 2-minute ad called "Proud to Be" takes the seemingly complicated issue of Indian sports mascots and distills it with remarkable clarity.

 At roughly $4 million per 30-second slot, this ad never had a chance of making the airwaves during Super Bowl XLVIII. But you should watch it anyway.

Created by the National Congress of American Indians, the ad touches on the rich history of Native American communities. It mentions iconic figures like Sitting Bull, Hiawatha, Jim Thorpe, and Will Rogers. It highlights many aspects of Native American identity: Proud. Forgotten. Survivor. Mother. Father. Son. Daughter. Underserved. Struggling. Resilient.


"Native Americans call themselves many things," the narrator concludes. One thing they don't call themselves, however, is Redskin. (Source)

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Set of stunning photos by an artist from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine – Anita Anti. Get inspired!

Inspired by fairytales from around the world, Anita Anti, a Ukrainian photographer based in New York, takes beautiful portraits of women and animals in forests that seem to pulsate with magical energy and melancholy.

Some of her photos seem based on specific stories, while others simply create a fairy-tale-like setting, allowing the viewer to fill in the blanks with their own fantasies.

Anita’s not the first photographer to be deeply inspired by fairytales – Uldus Bakhtiozina, Dasha Kondratyeva and Margarita Karyeva have all created their own reinterpretations of common fairytale themes. (Source)













Laika the Airedale Terrier really loves her friend Chelsy.

When the Sphynx cat is napping, Laika sneaks in for a cuddle, gently lays her head on Laika and refuses to budge!

The Sphynx is a breed of cat developed through selective breeding starting in the 1960s, known for its lack of a coat (fur), though it is not truly hairless.

The skin should have the texture of chamois, as it has a fine layer of down. Whiskers may be present, either whole or broken, or may be totally absent.


The skin is the color their fur would be, and all the usual cat marking patterns (solid, point, van, tabby, tortie, etc.) may be found on Sphynx skin. Because they have no coat, they lose more body heat than coated cats. This makes them warm to the touch as well as heat-seeking.

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Wednesday

Baby Animals Yawning Will Make You Squee & Possibly Yawn

 If there's one thing we can't get enough of at the end of a long day, it's baby animals. But imagine our joy when we came across these amazing pictures of them yawning.

In animals, yawning can serve as a warning signal. For example, Charles Darwin, in his book The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, mentioned that baboons yawn to threaten their enemies, possibly by displaying large canine teeth. Similarly, Siamese fighting fish yawn only when they see a conspecific (same species) or their own mirror-image, and their yawn often accompanies aggressive attack.

Guinea pigs also yawn in a display of dominance or anger, displaying their impressive incisor teeth. This is often accompanied by teeth chattering, purring and scent marking. Adelie penguins employ yawning as part of their courtship ritual. Penguin couples face off and the males engage in what is described as an "ecstatic display", opening their beaks and pointing their faces skyward.


This trait has also been seen among emperor penguins. Researchers have been attempting to discover why these two different species share this trait, despite not sharing a habitat. Snakes yawn, both to realign their jaws after a meal and for respiratory reasons, as their trachea can be seen to expand when they do this. Dogs often yawn after seeing people yawn and when they feel uncertain. Dogs demonstrate contagious yawning when exposed to human yawning. Dogs are very adept at reading human communication actions, so it is unclear if this phenomenon is rooted in evolutionary history or a result of domestication. Fish can also yawn, and they increase this behavior due to lack of oxygen or excessive heat.













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After Watching This Video Certainly You Will Feel Good

The Blessing Way: A ceremony to awaken one to natural order (hozho); choosing constructive and life-affirming choices; healing from intentions and decisions that destroy oneself and others.

Once awakened to the natural order, we begin living the loving way—hozhooji: literal translation of the blessingway ceremony as translated by my paternal aunt. It is a way of living in reverent revolution, of making decisions that are constructive and life affirming.

The four phases of the blessing way ceremony is a healing process that leads to curing. In comparison, Western Science designs methods of coping for every belief system.


These two main ceremonies offer protection from contaminants like the maladaptive emotions of hate, jealousy, anger, guilt, fear, etc. and toxins from the environment. Five major ceremonies: As five-fingered people, this corresponds to five major ceremonies that every child in the world could benefit by.


1-Blessingway: the blessing way honors the divine feminine as a nurturer.
2-Protectionway: divine masculine as a protector-provider.
3-Purification and cleansing: numerous with specific names for specific purposes.
4-Spiritual renewal: a nine-day ceremony for spiritual renewal.
5-Journey to spirit world: the ceremony for a person on their journey to the spirit world.
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