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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.

The so-called "migrant crisis" in the Mediterranean re-visited in light of unequal power relations and the racialization and immobility of Black bodies in Europe and in former European colonies in Africa by Ampson Hagan @SAmpson_No_S

Black Availability: Antimigrant Policies in Africa and the Exploitation of Black Migrants

Restricting African migration to Europe has proved to be good politics for both European and North African leaders. As “tough on crime” st...


Ancient fish ponds in the Bolivian savanna supported human settlement https://t.co/bdFvMRJ2lP #archaeology #archaeologist #history

Two adults, one preteen and two children crawled through Grotta della Bàsura in northern Italy 14,000 years ago and likely burned bundles of pine sticks. We can still see their perfectly preserved footprints. https://t.co/NB8CcgJnYV vía @LiveScience

The Hong Kong #Anthropologist is an annual online #journal that promotes anthropological awareness in Hong Kong and provides opportunities for young scholars to publish. Read the current issue on heritage, spirituality, queer and masculinity here: https://t.co/GZIFYFNl6r

Rwanda’s campaign to end cervical cancer through HPV vaccination has had to overcome cultural taboos and antivax rumours – but it’s saving women’s lives. https://t.co/SQJvslG99h

Kudos to the @latimes for this. Other newspapers should follow suit and educate their readership more about local indigenous history. Yaanga (Los Angeles) is Tovaangar (Tongva Territory). #RenameReclaimDecolonize

Mapping the Tongva villages of L.A.'s past

The original people of Los Angeles, the Tongva, defined their world as Tovaangar.


In many traditions, people believe that improper handling of the placenta will affect the fate of the mother and/or child—or that the placenta’s condition is an omen for the child’s abilities or health.

The Rebirth of Placenta Rituals

Reclaiming an organ that modern medical professionals often designate as waste may inspire more people to study and adapt ancient traditions.


How do school drills in the USA impact children's #mentalhealth? #safety #security

New blogpost is UP: “On Writing #Ethnography ‘At Home’”. This week guest contributor @pontifi_kate gives us a taste of the complexities of studying your own #community & the weight that comes from doing #insider #anthropology
#fieldwork #relationships

On Writing Ethnography ‘At Home’

My friends know that I am writing about them, but they do not know how I will do so. They do not know if I will be able to capture the nuances of thei...


Humans domesticated dogs and cows. We may have also domesticated ourselves. @DiscoverMag

Neat interview w/ authors of a new book on history, technology, and emotion. 'Emotions don’t just hold steady and get expressed through new devices. Devices transform them—teach us new habits, nurture new expectations, and model new behaviors, too.'

Bored and lonely? Blame your phone.

Our emotions today are radically different from what 19th-century Americans felt. That’s partly due to technology.


Fisherwomen have played a significant role in Iceland’s history, and yet their contribution has been, for the most part, overlooked. From the archive:

Iceland’s Forgotten Fisherwomen

Why did these female seafarers fade from the country’s memory?


If #IndianaJones had been a real #archaeologist...

The shifting status of cultural symbols reveals a lot about who we are and what we value. https://t.co/9OqK4N6NPr