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When Women Answer the Call of Duty

Emily Sekine , September 15th, 2022


From Syria to Ukraine, the sight of women taking up arms to fight for a cause calls audiences to attention. Why? ✽ In 2019, the video game Call…


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What Is Freedom in a Brazilian Favela?

Emily Sekine , September 13th, 2022


In a new book, Minoritarian Liberalism, an anthropologist explores how favela residents of Rio de Janeiro create their own versions of liberty—even under conditions of violence, poverty, and…


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What Ended This Hub of Ancient Maya Life?

Marlaina Martin , September 1st, 2022


A bioarchaeologist reflects on how a team of scientists investigated various elements that contributed to the destabilization and ultimate breakdown of Mayapán. This article was originally published …


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We All Love Roses

Christine Weeber , August 15th, 2022


SAPIENS Poet-in-Residence Jason Vasser-Elong reflects on horrific cycles of violence—and highlights injustices that are often papered over. We All Love Roses – Listen Some say it’s human nature…


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How a Coerced Confession Shaped a Family History

Emily Sekine , August 10th, 2022


A researcher delves into her family’s oral history and local archives to tell the story of a relative—falsely accused as a boy of a crime in Jim Crow–era…


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“You hurt our monuments, you hurt our heroes, you go to jail for ten years”: Contested histories at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021

Stefan Ecks , July 14th, 2022


Minutes before Trump told his supporters to march on the US Capitol and to “fight like hell,” he reminded them of a “little law” against attacking national monuments:…


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Looking Into the World of Frog Gigging

Saish Solankar , June 29th, 2022


Frog hunters, known as “giggers,” search for bullfrogs in southern Indiana. Saish Solankar The moon emerged out of the clouds at a few minutes past midnight, reflecting on…


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Looking Into the World of Frog Gigging

SAPIENS , June 29th, 2022


The moon emerged out of the clouds at a few minutes past midnight, reflecting on the murky water of a forest pond. I watched as Wyatt*, the organizer…


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Difficult Truths: Confronting Irish Industrial Schools

Fiona Murphy , June 28th, 2022


[no-caption] Matt Anderson Photography/Getty Images This article was originally published at Otherwise magazine and has been republished with permission as a lightly edited excerpt. CONST…


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Difficult Truths: Confronting Irish Industrial Schools

SAPIENS , June 28th, 2022


This article was originally published at Otherwise magazine and has been republished with permission as a lightly edited excerpt. CONSTELLATIONS The 1918 Spanish flu altered the course of…


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Sister Parks: North American Coloniality and the Monarch Butterfly

Columba González-Duarte , June 10th, 2022


Monarch migration and the making of North America At the end of each summer, the northern prairies and Great Lakes regions of North America host a new generation…


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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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The Same Old Song and Dance: Nothing Has Been Done to Reduce Mass Shootings

Anthropology365 , May 26th, 2022


We are only a few days removed from the horrific mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX where nearly two dozen people were murdered in cold…


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Markus Virgil Hoehne: Perpetuating conflict through democratization: Presidential elections in Somalia

focaal_admin , May 13th, 2022


Presidential elections will happen in Somalia on Sunday, 15 May 2022. This will most likely not bring peace and stability to the war-torn Somali society. To the contrary,…


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Haunted by a Secret War

Leah Zani , May 10th, 2022


In Old Sepon in Savannakhet province, Laos, a temple wall riddled with bullet holes and shrapnel scars hints at war’s remains. Leah Zani Excerpted from Strike Patterns: Notes…


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Repatriation Is Our Future

Chip Colwell , April 13th, 2022


The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990, or NAGPRA, is supposed to curb the illegal possession of ancestral Native American remains and cultural items. But…


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The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis’ Double Standard

Isabella Alexander-Nathani , April 7th, 2022


Watching the war unfold in Ukraine due to the recent Russian invasion, I, like many others, have been gripped by heartbreaking images of refugees arriving to the borders…


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What Kenya’s Killer Cops Reveal About Police Culture

April Zhu , April 6th, 2022


On July 7, 2021, Nairobi residents marched to protest police brutality and harassment, particularly against poor people. The date also commemorates demonstrations against authoritarian rule that …


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“We don’t have to whisper”: Fieldnotes from Odesa

Adrienne Mannov , April 5th, 2022


I met Engineer Yakiv[1] on board a merchant ship I had joined just south of Sri Lanka in early 2013. I was there to study seafarers’ perceptions of…


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Slavery, Sustenance, and Resistance

Chip Colwell , March 30th, 2022


Archaeology helps re-imagine a fuller range of experiences, including how people ate, innovated, and rebelled. In this episode, “slave cuisine” opens a window to honor the legacy of…


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5 Questions About War Virtually

Chip Colwell , March 28th, 2022


Join us for a free 25-minute live Q&A between former SAPIENS Media and Public Outreach Fellow Yoli Ngandali and anthropologist Roberto J. González about his new book, War…


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Requiem for a War Robot

Roberto J. González , March 22nd, 2022


An experimental robotic pack mule, the Legged Squad Support System, walks alongside U.S. Marines on patrol. Sarah Dietz/U.S. Marine Corps Excerpted from War Virtually: The Quest to Autom…


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‘Call to Arms: Silver and Lead’ Campaign Review

Tanner Gonzales , March 22nd, 2022


‘Call to Arms: Silver and Lead’ campaign review Posted December 10, 2034 by Julie Annie (staff writer at Génial Gaming)   Answering the Call to Arms (yet again)…


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Writing Life No. 18: An Interview with Stefania Pandolfo by Basit Kareem Iqbal

Basit Kareem Iqbal , March 17th, 2022


The anthropologist Stefania Pandolfo approaches ethnography as not just the depiction of a world but as what addresses and displaces both the writer and the reader, where ethnography…


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