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 […]

Preliminary Proposal for An Online Virtual Museum Collection

I put this proposal together as part of my final coursework for my Master’s Degree in Applied Anthropology. The original proposal was developed for a specific museum, but I reworked it a tad to be more broadly applicable. Introduction Virtual collections require special considerations apart from their physical form. Although some consider a virtual collection […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]