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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...
‘A voice to confront’: One woman’s journey to decolonize #archeology
'A voice to confront': One woman's journey to decolonize archeology | CBC News
In the past 20 years, several First Nations have taken more control over managing their cultural resources as they have either developed their own arc...
Ancient fish ponds in the Bolivian savanna supported human settlement https://t.co/bdFvMRJ2lP #archaeology #archaeologist #history
If you want to find out more about the #anthropology of #death, why not start here?
The variety of ways in which death has been handled in human societies has been a source of much scholarly fascination. In this brief overview, anthr...
It is time for U.S. citizens to take responsibility for the political past of the United States. From the archive:
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...
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
Hot off the press: New entry on #sport by N. Besnier & S. Brownell:
Activities that one can retrospectively label as ‘sport’ have probably been part of human beings’ repertoire for millennia, but spor...
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.
How land grabbers weaponise indigenous ritual against Papuans: An interview with anthropologist Sophie Chao
How land grabbers weaponise indigenous ritual against Papuans: An interview with Sophie Chao
“People find themselves forced to participate in their own practices, that are being adapted by corporate shamans”
#Archaeologists Uncover an Ancient #Roman Game Board at #Hadrian’s Wall
Archaeologists Uncover an Ancient Roman Game Board at Hadrian's Wall
The cracked stone board was likely used to play ludus latrunculorum, Rome's favorite game
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
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.
on #anthropology through #games:
Anthropological Video Games
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?
The Future of the Ancestral Health Movement (adding on my to-read list 🤓) #anthropology #paleo #health #evolution
The Future of the Ancestral Health Movement
The current ancestral health movement is often thought to be on the verge of going mainstream, with many believing this will lead to positive health a...
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
From the archives: our entry on #anthropology and #adoption
What is adoption? To answer this question is to jump directly into one of the key controversies of anthropology: anthropologists, associated for over ...
#Archaeology. Dart in a Boy's Eye May Have Unleashed This Legendary Massacre 350 Years Ago
A Dart in a Boy's Eye May Have Unleashed This Legendary Massacre 350 Years Ago
Archaeologists have uncovered a 350-year-old massacre in Alaska that occurred during a war that may have started over a dart game.