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FieldNotes is Done FieldNotes is Coming Back

FieldNotes is returning. New posts are coming soon. Since I stopped posting regularly on this blog last May, I have found I really enjoy not blogging regularly. I have appreciated the discussion that this blog has generated – and occasionally still generates – but my online attention has turned in other directions. For one, I […]

So that’s what anthropologists do …

I am just back from a long weekend trip to Nanaimo and environs on Vancouver Island. My wife and I joined a couple of friends at a B&B and when we arrived I found myself in an all-too-familiar exchange about what anthropologists do. I encountered, however, a new twist this time. In her desire to […]

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 […]

Bella Coola Provoking Giggles in Torino

A cedar tree from Bella Coola, a town on the British Columbia Central Coast, is the centrepiece of the Canada Pavillion at the Torino Olympics.  According to the Vancouver Sun, however, Bella Coola sounds too much like the Italian for ‘nice bum’ and Canadian officials have stopped telling people where the tree comes from. Bill […]

Gender Roundup

Oneman at Savage Minds presents a summary of several recent news items related to sexuality and gender. The discussion in the comments section is worth reading too.

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 […]

Different Emphasis in Inuit Climate Change Story

There has been a string of climate change stories recently, particularly in light of the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference. I enjoyed particularly this story from ‘Changing climate has more Inuit shopping for food.’ The emphasis here is less about the impact of climate change on hunting and, instead, on the repurcussions of […]

The Problem of Anthropologists as Advocates

Lorenz at has picked up on a story from The Australian about the reluctance of the National Native Title Tribunal to accept the testimony of anthropologists it deems to have close relationships with aboriginal groups. Quoting the article: Mr Neate [Tribunal President] said anthropologists and historians had a pivotal role in native title claims, […]

More Mining Protests in Northern BC

The Globe and Mail is reporting on a recent rally against mining activities in northern BC. It coincides with what was supposed to be the start of a trial of members of Tahltan-speaking communities who were arrested in September for blocking mining exploration. The charges of contempt of court were, however, dropped against the fifteen […]