The Sound of Silence: Suggesting an Evolutionary Perspective in Archaeoacoustics

Presenting at the 2014 Anthropology Research Symposium, Humboldt State University Abstract: Humans have a common practice of altering auditory perception, with the ability to extend their sound experience through creating instruments, building acoustic amphitheater spaces, and producing rhythm and music with the body as with clapping, chanting, and singing. The field of archaeoacoustics offers insight […]

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 […]

Making the Strange Familiar (An Introduction to Paranormal Anthropology)

This is a brief lecture I put together in 2016 while I was assisting with a course on the Anthropology of Religion. This post is my outline for the lecture, and I’ve also included a link to my recorded version below. What is Paranormal Anthropology? Paranormal Anthropology- -An interdisciplinary branch of anthropology with close ties […]

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 […]

Breaking Barriers | Integrating Native Scientific Perspectives into Resource Management Frameworks (2013)

Many cultures have worldviews which are similar in process to science but have been designated to be myth or magic for not being disseminated in a standardized manner. This paper examines the social and historical development of Indigenous Stewardship Models. There has been a lack of integration between the native science perspective and the scientific […]

Creating a Typology of Cave Function and Ideology in the American Southwest (2013)

Introduction In a typology, material remains are classified for use as the basis of inferences whose evidence are originally unrepresented in the materials (Gardin 1980). The purpose of this project is to create a functional typology, which can be used to analyze data for specified research questions. Focusing in various caves across regions in the […]

Tony Platt on Grave Matters (2012)

Platt began his presentation on October 23, 2012 with a discussion of the skewed perception in the United States (especially California) education system. His example was the California mission project, in which children learn about the use of missionaries as beneficial.  His book reveals that what began as an exploration into events in the local […]