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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nancy Scheper-Hughes: Catholic Schoolgirl Turned Militant Anthropologist (2011)

Those of us who make a living observing and recording the misery of the world have a particular obligation to reflect critically on the impact of the harsh images of human suffering that we foist on the public.~Nancy Scheper-Hughes Nancy Scheper-Hughes is a cultural anthropologist, and a professor of medical anthropology at the University of […]

A History of Gold Mining Technology in California and Subsequent Impacts on Natural Resources (2012)

This paper explores the evolution of gold mining technology in California, and the negative repercussions for people’s access to use natural resources. First, I have provided an exploration of the different techniques used by California placer miners, and their subsequent effects on the environment. My discussion looks at the difference in worldview between Indigenous people […]

Utilizing Footwear Traumata for Identification in Forensic Anthropology (2012)

Introduction This paper presents the results of a research inquiry into the possible applications of footwear studies to forensic anthropology. These applications have been broken into three sections which include the various bone morphological changes caused by footwear, the use of shoe data in forensic cases, and how the shod versus unshod argument could be […]