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Rundown for the Week of February 13, 2004

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This Week: African-American culture and history

Since February is Black History Month, there are many ways to explore African-American culture and history through travel. This week, we're going back into America's past to discover a rich heritage, full of surprises. We're traveling from the Carolinas to Brazil to New York City to find pieces of Africa in America's history.

Harlem Renaissance Tours
by Marianne McCune
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One of the many reasons people travel is to observe history -- but some historical eras are not well marked by monuments or museums. Reporter Marianne McCune went to Harlem, New York, in search of the "Harlem Renaissance" -- a time of unprecedented cultural achievement for African-Americans -- and found that, sometimes, all you need to discover black culture is the right guide.

Savvy resources:
"Harlem Renaissance" originally aired February 20, 1999. Search for more stories by Marianne McCune

Gullah Roots Tours
by Jeff Biggers
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While the Sea Islands in South Carolina have been associated with luxury resorts and gated communities, they're also home to the "Gullah / Geechee" people who descended from slaves brought by ship from Africa and forced to work the indigo and rice fields on these tiny islands. The community's geographic isolation means that many African traditions have survived for centuries intact. Now, a new kind of tourism has developed. Reporter Jeff Biggers has the story.

Web resources:
user.aol.com/queenmut/GullGeeCo.html: Gullah Geechee Sea Island Coalition
"De Gullah Roots Tour" originally aired December 15, 2000. Search for more stories by Jeff Biggers

African Slave Port Tours,
an interview with Thomas Dorsey
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One way to learn more about the building blocks of African-American culture in America is to explore the hardships of Africans in places were they were first brought as slaves; another is to visit the Southern plantations where they toiled for centuries as slaves. Host Diana Nyad talks with Thomas Dorsey, the founder of SoulofAmerica.com, a Web site devoted to African-American travel, about visiting sites near Jacksonville, Fla., and in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

Web resources:
www.soulofamerica.com: Thomas Dorsey's site
www.jacksonvilleflorida.com/Parks/kingsleyplantation: Kingsley Plantation
www.freedomcenter.org: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
www.africanamericanjourneys.com: For more information on African-American History

Black history resources on the Web:
www.soundportraits.org: radio program - An interview with Fountain Hughes, a former slave
www.pbs.org: Search results for "Black History" at PBS.org
www.smithsonianeducation.org: Black History Month at Smithsonian Education Web site

Related Savvy Traveler programming:
Black America's First Cultural Capital -- Harlem: aired January 29, 2000
"Harlem Gospel Tour": aired August 24, 2001
"The Picnic": aired May 24, 2002
"Feeling at Home": aired December 11, 1999

The Journey of Ayahuasca Tea
by John Rieger

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The search for spiritual enlightenment is a growing sector of modern travel There's a new spiritual center developing in Iquitos, Peru. There, on the edge of the Peruvian Amazon jungle, a special sort of traveler is seeking out a powerful medicine made by the local shaman there. "Ayahuasca Tea" is a potent psychedelic that you drink under the guidance of a spiritual guide. Reporter John Rieger went in search of Ayahuasca, which is believed to heal broken souls.

Web resources:
www.biopark.org: Information about the healing properties of ayahuasca
www.erowid.org: General information about ayahuasca and Iquitos indians of Peru
www.junglelodge.com: Loving Light Amazon Lodge & Expeditions
deoxy.org: Information site on shamanism and the ayhuasca ingestion

(Additional support for John Rieger's story comes from the Web site
Hearing Voices and from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.)

Bad Taste Tour with Cash Peters
Funeral Mini-Golf

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Have you ever had the urge to do something totally non-touristy when you're away from home? Well, Cash Peters, who prides himself on digging up the ultimate, weird version of every tourist destination he visits, has found the absolutely strangest "normal thing to do" on his vacation -- with the indoor links at Ahlgrim's Funeral Home, in Palatine, Ill.

Learn more about Cash Peters:
www.cashpeters.com: Web site for Cash Peters
Click here to search the Savvy Traveler Web site for more "Bad Taste Tours" destinations

Sound Travels
The Bells or Arcosanti

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On "Sound travels," we travel with our ears as our guide. This week, we go to just outside Scottsdale, Ariz., to Arcosanti, a prototype community designed by architect Paolo Soleri. His idea is to create a compact, community-oriented city where people walk and talk to each other. Soleri wants to rid the world of urban sprawl and make a place where nature and "the manmade" are completely integrated. We hear "Soleri Bells" that craftspeople fashion to sell as wind chimes to raise money for the project.

Savvy resource: More "Sound Travels" segments

Deal of the Week
Get a Free Airline Ticket!

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In honor of Rudy Maxa's new hometown of St. Paul, Minn., our Travel-Expert-in-Residence has a great deal from Northwest Airlines and some of its copycat competitors: Get a free ticket if you fly three round-trips by June 15th.

After Northwest announced this promotion, competitors rushed late this week to follow suit. So, it's basically an offer to get a free domestic ticket if you fly three round-trips by June 15th -- it's a domestic ticket on United, Continental and US Airways; Northwest will let you fly to Canada, too.

It varies with each offer, so check out the links to each airlines' rules below. Here's the most important thing: You must pre-register at each airline's Web site before you fly to be eligible. And, your free ticket will eligible for use beginning Sept. 1 through the middle of June 2005, with some blackout dates.

Web resources:
For info. and to pre-register for Northwest's "1,2,3 Free" ticket promotion, go to: www.nwa.com.
For details and to pre-register for United's "Fly 3, Fly Free" promotion: www.united.com.
For details and to pre-register for Continental's "Fly 3, Fly Free" promotion, click on: www.continental.com.
For more details on US Airways' "Buy 3 Online, Get 1 Free" promotion: usairways.com.

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