Happy Halloween!

  Halloween is such a fascinating holiday to consider from a cultural perspective. During Halloween season we revel in breaking taboos and dancing with danger. We celebrate life by mocking death. We look our fears in the face and find a way to laugh. While we spend the rest of the year doing our best…

Fieldwork 

I’m back in the field so to speak. I’ve begun conducting ethnographic interviews which are the last stage of data collection for my dissertation. 6 down 60 to go. 

Let Your Let Shine #UnitedWeStand #PrayfortheWorld

Let your light shine in the face of terror, hatred, and evil. Only if we stand united in love, will our inner light be able to banish this great darkness from the world. Not just the “Western world,” but the entire planet. Violence, suffering, and hate spread like a sickness throughout of planet. We must…

What Halloween Masks

A very thoughtful consideration of Halloween from the eyes of little children. Perhaps because I have spent the past two days at grief workshops, this article made me wonder if forcing little children to confront death and danger while playing at adult roles and power serves a greater function or at least has the opportunity…

The Anthropologist’s Disclaimer

Many people I meet, even people I talk to on a regular basis, do not have background knowledge of anthropology, and I think that is fairly typical. Anthropology isn’t taught in the American public school system and most people have only had a limited introduction to one of Anthropology’s subfields.   Archeology or Forensic Anthropology are…

What Anthropologists Do

The strength of anthropology is that we are always learning, gathering data isn’t something we do in a lab or even something we can easily shut off. We learn through immersion, living in the same cultural context as the people we are studying. We call it participant-observation occasionally even deep hanging out in an attempt to over…

AAA & CASCA To Hold Joint Conference in 2019

AAA & CASCA To Hold Joint Conference in 2019. #AAA2019 The American Anthropological Association annual conference will be held in conjunction with the Canadian Anthropology Society/Société canadienne d’anthropologie in Vancouver, British Columbia. My husband and I are already excited about this, yet at the same time….  2019?  Doesn’t that year still sound like it should take…

What is Anthropology?

It’s a question I’ve been asked to ponder in a strangely wide variety of situations lately. Teaching high school Seniors, Juniors, two Sophomores, and 8th graders mathematics this year found myself explaining a lot of new topics I never intended to, but my chosen field of study anthropology is chief among them. Then on Spring…