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Category Archives: Anth 1100

Native Education and the Sapir Whorf Hypothesis

An editorial in the Weekend Vancouver Sun reviews the postive and negative spins put on the recent announcement from the Provincial Government granting control of native education to First Nations communities. Titled “Language and Culture: First Nations Education Can Embrace Two Worlds” the story notes that the First Nations Education Accord has been publicly lauded […]

Recent News Stories: East Africa and Corporate Ethnography

Two recent news stories fit well with conversations we have been having in Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. 1) ‘The Science of Desire‘ describes the role of ethnographers in corporate research. Gist: [Ethnographers are] a species of anthropology who can, among other things, identify what’s missing in people’s lives — the perfect cell phone, home appliance, […]

Cultural Evolutionary Language in the New York Times

On a day when my introduction to cultural anthropology class discussed cultural evolution, the New York Times ran a story about a ‘stone age’ tribe from the Colombian jungle. This group has, apparently, no concept of money or the future, but is interested in joining the ‘modern’ world. Language Log provides useful analysis of the […]

Anthropology at Intel

I’m sure this article from PC Magazine is making the rounds through the blogosphere. It is a new account, however, of the use of ethnographic research techniques by Intel and other technology companies. Here’s what Intel says they do: Intel’s anthropological researchers immerse themselves in the “natural environments of real people” – including hospitals, elder […]

Instant Messaging Behavior

From Bits and Bytes … Apparently email is outdated for many students who prefer the instant gratification of instant messaging. The information is based on a survey by Dell and Bell South (a phone company). Of note: Students told [the survey conductors] that email is still valuable–mainly for storing and transmitting documents and for communication […]

Insiders and Outsiders in Ethnography

As I gear up to teach another section of Introduction to Cultural Anthropology this summer, I am pleased to direct my students to the discussion at MindSpace about insider-outsider dilemmas in ethnographic research. It’s good fodder for the first few classes and discussions about what anthropologists do. I appreciate particularly the post’s concluding thought: And […]

Innu Cultural Revitalization

I have been showing Hugh Brody’s Hunters and Bombers this week in the Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. The film shows the conflict between the Innu of Labrador (no relation to the Inuit) and the Canadian military which, in its commitments to NATO in the early 1990s, conducted training exercises of low flying over Innu hunting […]

Masai and Mursi in Washington Post Article

The Washington Post is running a story about conflicts over parkland, people, and animals, in Kenya. Environmentalists are concerned about the effects of Masai cattle on the wildlife in Kenyan parks. Further on in the story, the continued possibility of evictions of Mursi from Ethiopian parks is mentioned. Films and readings about the Masai and […]

Timely Stories of Witches and Pastoralists

Two stories that appeared this week are timely for my classes. 1) Thanks first to Alex for the the link to the story about witch executions in Papua New Guinea. The article worked well in my Anthropology of Religion class, particularly after watching the film ‘Witchcraft Among the Azande’ last week. Alex’s comments about the […]