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Alive in the Flapping of Infinite Orange Wings

Emily Sekine , November 1st, 2022


Monarch butterflies’ epic annual migration from North America to Mexico inspires an anthropologist to reflect on this insect’s precarious life cycles through the lens of “multispecies ethnography.” …


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Hunting Down the Facts About Paleo Diets

Marlaina Martin , October 27th, 2022


An evolutionary anthropologist argues that Paleolithic diets were much more varied than people think based on his research with the Hadza community, contemporary hunter-gatherers in Tanzania. This ar…


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The Aztec Antichrist Chronicles Indigenous Resistance and Religious Conversion

Keridwen Cornelius , October 26th, 2022


An exceedingly rare notebook from 16th-century Mexico contains plays about the Antichrist told by the Aztecs’ descendants. An anthropologist recounts his rediscovery of the notebook and explains the…


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Aztec Antichrist: A Performance of the Apocalypse

Keridwen Cornelius , October 26th, 2022


A 16th-century play written by the descendants of the Aztecs after the Spanish conquest dramatically reveals Indigenous people’s responses to their religious conversion. Excerpted from Aztec Antichri…


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How Can Societies Decolonize Conservation?

Keridwen Cornelius , October 18th, 2022


Two archaeologists reflect on how social hierarchies harm biodiversity and how to move away from conservation efforts based on colonialist values. ✽ When I (Tim) arrived in Hanalei,…


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Unsung Native Collaborators in Anthropology

Keridwen Cornelius , October 13th, 2022


Anthropologists such as Franz Boas and Margaret Mead could not have achieved success without their local assistants’ insider knowledge and extensive labor. ✽ Growing up a Brown girl…


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Why AI Will Never Fully Capture Human Language

Emily Sekine , October 12th, 2022


Researchers in artificial intelligence have made extraordinary strides in mimicking human language—but they still can’t capture the parts that truly make language human. ✽ The story begins with…


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Why Indigenous Fire Management Works

Marlaina Martin , October 11th, 2022


Three researchers use a study of the cypress pine in Arnhem Land, Australia, to explain why large-scale, institutional fire management is inferior to sustainable cultural burning. This article…


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Derogatory Place Names Need Indigenous Revision

Keridwen Cornelius , October 6th, 2022


Changing offensive place names on public lands is a strong move toward decolonization. But to heal relationships and address ecological crises, non-Native people must do more. ✽ On…


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Maize and Okra

Jason Vasser-Elong , June 6th, 2022


I saw big momma once, seated in a wooden chair with hair braided all the way like if you look downriver, you could imagine the chillin’ playing— after…


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Crystal Worl’s Countermural Tells a Different History of Alaska

Ben Bridges , June 1st, 2022


Her dark gray eyes scan the horizon. An iridescent golden sun and stars encircle her head, flanked on one side by a cobalt sockeye salmon and the other…


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Cooking Debris in an Australian Cave Tells a Story of Resilience

Anna Florin, Andrew Fairbairn, and Chris Clarkson , May 26th, 2022


Starting around 4,000 years ago, Bininj (Aboriginal people in Australia) adapted their diets to include more freshwater plants from wetlands, such as those in the Kakadu region (shown…


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Indigenous Mapmaking, or Bringing a Dead Map to Life

Sophie Chao , May 17th, 2022


Two Indigenous Marind clan representatives peruse a map of their customary territories produced by local village members. Sophie Chao Excerpted from In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-…


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The Amazing Archive of First Nations Stories Written on Stone

, April 27th, 2022


This rock art in Australia features four of Josie Maralngurra’s hand stencils. The Pathway Project This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under…


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SAPIENS Podcast Season 4 Reflections and Celebrations

Chip Colwell , April 21st, 2022


In this live event, a panel of archaeologists and podcasters celebrates the completion of SAPIENS Podcast Season 4 and RadioCIAMS’ SAPIENS Talk Back series. Meet the amazing people…


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The Yaghan Rise Again

Jude Isabella , April 20th, 2022


Archaeologist Atilio Francisco Zangrando, foreground, has excavated along the Beagle Channel, or Onashaga in the Yaghan language, since 1998. Katrina Pyne This article was originally publ…


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Rituals to help us out, and beliefs one professes tongue in cheek – Part II

standplaatswereld , April 13th, 2022


By Ton Salman This is part II of the blog “Rituals to help us out….” If you have not yet read part I, you can read it here….


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What Ancient DNA Reveals About Life in Africa 20,000 Years Ago

Elizabeth Sawchuk, Jessica Thompson, and Mary Prendergast , April 12th, 2022


Kondoa Irangi rock art in present-day Tanzania features the cultural expressions of hunter-gatherers and pastoralists over a 2,000-year span. Nina R/Wikimedia Commons This article was ori…


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More Than a Mountain

Chip Colwell , March 16th, 2022


The sky island of Dzil Nchaa Si’an is more than a mountain. It is a significant landmark in Arizona for Apache tribal members to collect medicinal plants, perform…


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Revealing an Ice Age Route for Indigenous Peoples

Jacqueline Knirnschild , March 8th, 2022


Research at British Columbia’s Topknot Lake and Little Woss Lake shows what the environment might have been like during the last ice age. Shanna Baker This article was…


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Curating as Caretaking

Chip Colwell , March 2nd, 2022


History is taught in all kinds of ways—through textbooks, movies, and … museums. In this episode, museum curators challenge the status quo and connect their ancestry to advance…


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“Cowboys and Indians”—When Dirt Rocks Are Dynamite

Jason Vasser-Elong , February 21st, 2022


The Lone Ranger and Tonto. Silver Screen Collection/Archive Photos/Getty Images “With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fi…


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At the Heart of It All

Chip Colwell , February 16th, 2022


For its practitioners, archaeology can feel like it is unearthing events deep in the past … until it doesn’t. What is the experience of researchers who discover their…


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A Genetic Chronicle of the First Peoples in the Americas

Jennifer Raff , February 8th, 2022


Beringia National Park in present-day Russia is part of what was once a vast refuge that allowed ancestors of Native Americans to cross into North America and survive…


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