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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.


This week on Mosaic: How an Aboriginal approach to mental health is helping farmers deal with drought. https://t.co/WYVyfsRV5X

New blogpost is UP! This week @profemmakowal explores the complex notion of being an #activist #anthropologist- ie making a difference beyond the walls of #academia. As ppl studying #culture, what position are we in to make change? 👉 ping @Deakin_ADI

Activist Anthropology and the Politics of Doing Good

Some people might do things differently, some people might do things the same but think about them differently. I personally think I probably prevente...

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As poverty and violence force Guatemalans to leave their country, one anthropologist reflects on her work with Indigenous peoples in the highlands—and shows how the U.S. is implicated in its own “migrant crisis.”

Why Are So Many Guatemalans Migrating to the U.S.?

As poverty and violence force Guatemalans to leave their country, one anthropologist reflects on her work with Indigenous peoples in the highlands—a...

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Clear-cutting of forests in West Papua is turning local wildlife into orphans, reshaping the relationship between local communities and the environment. #EarthDay

How West Papua's Deforestation Is Reshaping Human-Animal Relations

The destruction wrought by large-scale oil palm expansion in West Papua is transforming once-wild animals into problematic pets.

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59,000 people die from rabies each year. The WHO wants to bring that number down – by chasing dogs. https://t.co/9yxSHFSlKX

Sameness is often seen as the defining characteristic of identical twins, but this impression is a result of Western stereotypes about the meaning of selfhood. #NationalSiblingsDay

How Twin Culture Challenges Our Notions of Self

Bothered by a biased scientific literature, two anthropologists who are also identical twins go native and conduct their own twin research.

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NEW: What does the discovery of Homo luzonensis mean for our understanding of humanity’s history? @johnhawks breaks it down.

New Hominin Shakes the Family Tree—Again

What does the discovery of Homo luzonensis mean for our understanding of humanity’s history?

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On the #ethics of #globalhealth missions https://t.co/iAT5IVS3A4

Norway Will Repatriate Thousands of Artifacts Taken From Easter Island https://t.co/Ya825b8I7U ##archaeology #archaeologist #history

"People have even come across high heels, makeup, and strollers, as if some migrants were unaware of the difficulty of their journey when they set out"

What Migrants Leave Behind

Piles of backpacks, empty water jugs, and even high heels left scattered on migrant trails leave visible markers of the desperation and endurance of t...

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Thousands of declassified aerial photos taken by U-2 spy planes during the 1950s and 1960s could prove to be a valuable tool for archaeologists. via @NewsfromScience #archaeology

Declassified U-2 spy plane photos are a boon for aerial archaeology

Images from the 1950s and ’60s have a better resolution than Google Earth

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A 19th-century Samoan tattoo artist inks a traditional design on a man’s back. https://t.co/PxWkZH0KEM

It's common to note that Uber owns no cars and Airbnb no property; similarly, Spotify users do not own the music they pay to access. Rebecca Empson and Lauren Bonilla ask us what it means to own, in current formations of capitalism?

Introduction: Temporary Possession

At a prestigious auction house in London, as the hammer descended to confirm the final offer on a painting, the item in question destroyed itself...

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