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The Department of Anthropology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa emphasizes an integrated approach to social science and humanistic study, using diverse methods that include archaeological, biological, and cultural analysis. Our focus on human diversity promotes global learning and cross-cultural understanding. We are committed to forms of critical inquiry, advocacy, and community engagement that recognize the value of local and regional pasts and contemporary perspectives in a globalizing world, and to developing knowledge of, and for, communities in Hawai'i, Oceania, and Asia.

"With and from our elsewheres, we challenge colonialist practices of carving up and dismembering. With our refusals, we commit to being whole." Read more from @AMReese07 about the significance of doing anthropology from elsewhere at https://t.co/Dz1RxwwYWz

Native Hawaiian surfing originated approximately one thousand years ago. He‘e nalu, which translates to “wave sliding,” is a culturally distinct form of surfing that grew into a popular pastime for men and women of all ages in Hawai‘i. 📸: @bishopmuseum #SurfboardsAndShapers

Diet-Related Changes in Human Bite Spread New Speech Sounds #archaeology #anthropology #paleoanthropology https://t.co/0MP8V9qFdv

This is how the trauma of the Cultural Revolution is passed down through multiple generations. https://t.co/1SrYInWpbV

From the Archives: Excavations at a homestead site on the lower slopes of a dormant volcano have opened a window into the lives of Hawaii's rugged 19th century cowboys.


How did “Caucasian” come to be entrenched in our legal, governmental, scientific, and social lives? https://t.co/pgbPTDW350

In the face of the proliferation of counterfeit pharmaceuticals, Tanzanian practices are aimed at determining the true nature of these drugs, differentiating types of drugs, and establishing control over their variable capacities. https://t.co/EwbfSwv0a5 @AfAA_Anthro

#OTD, 1874, the last king of Hawaii, David Kalakaua, became the first ever foreign leader to be accorded a White House state dinner. Kalakaua was obsessed with finding the remains of Kamehameha, Hawaii's first king, missing since since he died in 1819.


Sediment core samples taken from lakes in southeastern Peru, which show changes in the ratios of signature chemicals found in human and ruminant feces, suggest that the domestication of alpacas first began around A.D. 600.


Should art looted by Nazis be returned to the families of its original owners? What about those from African, Asian and indigenous peoples under colonisation? Erin Thompson examines what led to today's powers of possession:

If we return Nazi-looted art, the same goes for empire-looted – Erin Thompson | Aeon Ideas

Art stolen by the Nazis should be returned: why is it different for art stolen by Europeans from Asia and Africa?


ARCHAEOLOGY's editors announce their picks for the year’s Top 10 Discoveries https://t.co/9XxTZ6p7jG

In case you missed this Visual and New Media Review from last week:
"Suri’s historicism breaks with what has been learned, challenging what audiences today can know of the time period during which the colonial films were made."