Conservation Considerations for Rock Art Research (2013)

With resilience to the elements and time, rock surfaces resulted to be the ideal canvas for lasting expressions of past cultures. They are also accommodating for additional vandalism, as some may define it, the effects of which survive indefinitely alongside original rock art. Unintentional damage often occurs in the recording of rock art. This paper […]

Noble, S. U. (2018). Introduction: The Power of Algorithms. In Algorithms of oppression: how search engines reinforce racism (Summary)

Noble’s book discusses how oppressive decisions are reinforced via algorithms. Since algorithms are programmed by developers, this shows a huge issue. Through multiple case studies, Noble shows that there are clear issues when it comes to what pages show up in searches related to race and gender. I think this text is an important wake-up […]

Sinkyone Intertribal Wilderness Council Presentation (2012)

Hawk Rosales began his presentation on October 30, 2012, by reminding the audience that we are on Wiyot territory. He said it is important to acknowledge place, and I agree with him on that. Although I believe Humboldt State is a school which provides many opportunities for learning that are not found elsewhere, I am […]

Armbrecht, J. (2014) Use value of cultural experiences: A comparison of contingent valuation and travel cost (Summary)

In this study, Armbrecht compares Customer valuation method (CVM) and Travel Cost method (TCM) to study which better assesses use value for cultural institutions. The author compared a concert hall and a museum. This was done because different institutions have different reasons for being built and for being visited. I find this to be a […]

Bourke, B. (2010). Experiences of black students in multiple cultural spaces at a predominantly white institution (Summary)

In this article, Bourke discusses how literature reflects experiences of Black students in cultural spaces. They begin by identifying three forms of examining diversity pulled from literature. These forms are structural diversity, diversity-related Initiatives, and diverse interactions. The study for this article employed five focus groups for data collection. They describe their process in detail, […]

Thoughts on Linguistics and the Production of Newsfeeds

Catenaccio (et al.) illuminate the importance of a linguistic analysis of the news process, rather than a product based only analysis. The authors describe news as retelling; taking the meaning from one discourse and translating into another. This directly relates to many of the big methods and concepts of applied anthropology. Regardless of the field, […]

Smoking Gun Anthropology | Normification of Academic Cannabis Discourse (2014)

Introduction Participant observation is a method developed by anthropologists to attempt a deeper emic perspective for their discourse. This method puts the researcher in the position of their research subjects, and attempts to counter the subjective biases of their background. Participating in some experiences, however presents a challenge as legislation and hegemonic influences can differ […]

Victor Turner’s Planes of Classification in a Ritual of Life and Death (Summary)

Victor Turner’s Planes of Classification in a Ritual of Life and Death is an analysis of his field work among the Ndembu (Northwestern Zambia).  He provides a definition and description of Isoma, a ritual performed around the occurrence of female reproductive issues, for example Turner says Isoma is a “manifestation of a shade that causes […]

An Unstable Foundation: The Conquest Rationale in Federal Indian Law

Discovery of America, 12th of May, 1492.–Columbus erects the Cross and baptizes the Isle of Guanahani by the Christian Name of St. Salvador.–From a Stamp engraved on Copper by Th. de Bry, in the Collection of “Grands Voyages,” in folio, 1590. Project Gutenberg text 10940. Introduction The concept of conquest is difficult to define, as […]

Tombstone Condition Survey (2013)

This project documented the deterioration of older tombstones in Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. To accomplish this, I first created a data dictionary using GPS Pathfinder software, and uploaded this dictionary to my Juno Trimble unit. I chose to use points for the tombstone survey. The fields in my dictionary included Name, Year of birth, Year […]