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Why Do Virtual Meetings Feel So Weird?

Elizabeth Keating , October 20th, 2020

[no-caption] Anna Shvets/Pexels It’s morning in Houston, Texas, for Jeremy* and his team of engineers, and nearly evening in a small town north of Bucharest, Romania, for Costa…


How to Write an Essay: A Guide for Anthropologists

Nicola Jones , October 8th, 2020

[no-caption] FilippoBacci/GettyImages For academics used to the idea of “publish or perish,” writing may seem to be a well-practiced and even perfected skill. But trying out a new…


What White Power Supporters Hear Trump Saying

Alexander Hinton , October 6th, 2020

President Trump frequently uses language that White power extremists understand as expressing support for their views. Angus Greig Donald Trump’s path to the U.S. presidency in 2016 was…


What does a Chicken, Drums, Whiskey, Gossip, and International Diplomacy have in common?

Why Capitalizing “Black” Matters

Christine Weeber , July 29th, 2020

An intergenerational photo of a Black family in Texas captures the enduring legacy of both community and family. Thomas Barwick/Getty Images In the last few weeks, major media…


What Does Baseball’s Bilingualism Reveal?

Brendan H. O'Connor , July 24th, 2020

Dominican-born Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals’ starting pitcher, holds up a Dominican flag following the team’s World Series victory in 2015. (Ventura died tragically in 2017.) Shane Key…


When Deafness Is Not Considered a Deficit

Grace Neveu , July 22nd, 2020

Music rattled the windows of the one-room schoolhouse that was now serving as a dance floor for nearly the entire village, a population of about 100 people. Masato,…



Christine Weeber , June 26th, 2020

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



Justin D. Wright , June 18th, 2020

Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, who Minneapolis police brutally killed on May 25, testifies at a hearing on police accountability held by the House Judiciary Committee. Erin…


Why “We” Isn’t for Everyone

Nicola Jones , June 4th, 2020

[no-caption] Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images Ask SAPIENS is a series that offers a glimpse into the magazine’s inner workings. On the face of it, there seems to be no…


What Is Anthropology?

Danilyn Rutherford , May 26th, 2020

The “study of humanity” applies to many fields, but anthropology looks at people in a unique way. Orbon Alija/Getty Images What is anthropology? The word “anthropology” literally means…


Why Capitalize “Indigenous”?

Christine Weeber , May 19th, 2020

(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 noticed that SAPIENS uses a capital…



Susana Fabre , April 27th, 2020

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


Grass Trilogy

Jessica Madison Pískatá , April 22nd, 2020

If you missed the “Introduction to Grass Trilogy,” you can find it here. By Ochirbatyn Dashbalbar Translated by Jessica Madison Pískatá 1. Grass O grass—presently my dear father,…


Introduction to Grass Trilogy

Jessica Madison Pískatá , April 22nd, 2020

The sacred mountain Altan Ovoo rises in the Dariganga region of eastern Mongolia. Jessica Madison Pískatá I first arrived in eastern Mongolia in August 2011 by way of…


i. will. cross.

Ather Zia , April 21st, 2020

I wrote my poem “i. will. cross.” at a site called the Line of Control, the ceasefire line that exists as a de facto border between Indian- and…



Gwynfryn Thomas , April 14th, 2020

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


Symbolic confusion and how to flirt with emoji 💋😕

Alex D'Aloia , April 12th, 2020

A couple of years ago, I started flirting with people online. Pretty much everyone. In nearly every conversation. I didn’t mean to, and I didn’t start it. But…

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The National Lynching Memorial Speaks to My Black ’Bama Body OR Imma Be Here Forever, You Gon’ Remember This

Justin D. Wright , April 7th, 2020

A young African American man visits the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. Bob Miller/Getty Images There was a pulsing I felt, a pulsing I…


Why Poetry + Anthropology?

Christine Weeber , March 20th, 2020

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


The Fish Trap

Glenn H. Shepard Jr. , March 20th, 2020

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


Gossip—A Thing Humans Do

Chelsea Horton , February 20th, 2020

Gossip and rumor are important informal modes of communication, influencing public opinion and individual actions. But, the distinction between information and falsehood can be difficult to see.  Is…

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Which Language for Local Food in Wallonie?

foodanthro , February 3rd, 2020

Joan Gross I just returned to my dissertation fieldwork site after 38 years.  Back in the 1980s I examined the use of the regional Gallo-Romance dialect, Walloon, in…


How to Resurrect Dying Languages

Anna Luisa Daigneault , December 18th, 2019

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 Hawaiian language seemed po…