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“The sea cannot know itself as yet unborn until the eye of the storm passes above its tumultuous skin, blinking.” I remember …


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Siege

Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, who Minneapolis police brutally killed on May 25, testifies at a hearing on police accountability held …


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What Is Anthropology?

The “study of humanity” applies to many fields, but anthropology looks at people in a unique way. Orbon Alija/Getty Images Ask SAPIENS …


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Why Capitalize “Indigenous”?

(no-caption) Alison Wright/Getty Images Ask SAPIENS is a series that offers a glimpse into the magazine’s inner workings. Some readers may have …


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Blinded

For the past eight years, I have had the opportunity to bear witness to the metamorphic stages of the construction of Doha, …


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Grass Trilogy

If you missed the “Introduction to Grass Trilogy,” you can find it here. By Ochirbatyn Dashbalbar Translated by Jessica Madison Pískatá 1. …


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Introduction to Grass Trilogy

The sacred mountain Altan Ovoo rises in the Dariganga region of eastern Mongolia. Jessica Madison Pískatá I first arrived in eastern Mongolia …


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i. will. cross.

I wrote my poem “i. will. cross.” at a site called the Line of Control, the ceasefire line that exists as a …


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Yoik

Deep in the Arctic Circle, in the far north of Scandinavia, people belonging to the Sámi ethnic group herd reindeer. Nowadays only …


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Why Poetry + Anthropology?

[no-caption] Kim Herbst When a barbed-wire de facto border lights up but throbs with blood, when a lynching memorial veins into memories …


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The Fish Trap

An equatorial moon arcs above the Upper Rio Negro region of Brazil. Glenn H. Shepard Jr. The U.S. poet-physician William Carlos Williams …


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How to Resurrect Dying Languages

Hawaiian language teacher Nako’olani Warrington instructs 9-year-old Maleka Benjamin at an immersion school in Honolulu. Lucy Pemoni/AP Photo In the 1970s, the …


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Why Are Languages Worth Preserving?

This illustration represents how Indigenous peoples around the globe, as highlighted by depictions of a few specific communities, are striving to keep …


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Are Colors Universal?

[no-caption] Marcel Hirshegger/SAPIENS Remember the meme #TheDress? Was it white and gold, or blue and black? With the help of Nicola Jones, …


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