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Corporate Anthropology and the Anthropologist as Pain-in-the-Butt

In his recent post titled “The Rise of Corporate Anthropology” (Harvard Business Online), Tom Davenport discusses the value of using anthropological methods in the corporate world. I am drawn particularly to his observation that anthropology and anthropologists can be difficult: Of course, it’s not easy. Anthropologists can be a pain in the butt. They will […]

Tahltan Life in Northern BC Catches Photojournalist’s Attention reports on the travels of photojournalist Claire Martin and her trip this fall from the blockades at Iskut to Telegraph Creek, British Columbia. The photos are incredible. Sphere: Related Content

The Curse of Mining in BC

From ‘Killing the Curse‘ in the Vancouver Province: Canadian Indians were shafted by the Klondike gold rush 110 years ago and won’t let it happen again, Phil Fontaine says. The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations told a Vancouver audience last week that Skookum Jim Mason and his cousin, Tagish Charlie, made the […]

November Issue of The Walrus Devoted to the Arctic

Articles address Inuit perspectives on climate change, Arctic sovereignty, travel to Siberia, BC’s Great Bear Rainforest, and Inuit art. More here.

Gordon Campbell: Champion of Native Causes

The Globe and Mail reports today (or here) on the changes in BC Premier Gordon Campbell’s views on aboriginal issues over the past ten years.

Endangered Languages on the Colbert Report

I couldn’t agree more with David Harrison that watching Stephen Colbert ‘cover’ endangered languages was a lot of fun (see comments). And, I will be using the clip of Colbert’s discussion with Harrison in my Intro to Cultural Anthropology class lecture on Language. (Those on a computer in Canada will find the clip here.) (Also […]

Software and Web-tools for Fieldnotes

SavageMinds has a discussion underway about tools for taking fieldnotes.

Northern BC: Construction Crews, Wireless Internet, and Lots of Water

I am just back from almost a week in northwestern BC. I was up as far as Dease River Crossing, north of Dease Lake along Highway 37. I love traveling in the area — I have done so now almost annually for ten years — and seeing the changes each time I go back. This […]

Rules, not laws, Govern Line Ups

My Intro to Cultural Anthropology students should take note of this article from It outlines cultural differences for queuing up, comparing specifically Great Britain and the United States. Sphere: Related Content

Recent Issues of Anthropologica Freely Available

Hat tip to Lorenz at for noticing that the articles and book reviews in Anthropologica are freely available. The date range is 2002-2005. Anthropologica is the journal of the Canadian Anthropological Society. You can access the articles here. Sphere: Related Content