Characterizing Tribal Cultural Landscapes

A Collaborative Approach to Resource Management Historically, federal policy and legislation artificially divide management of natural and cultural resources—a system that doesn’t work on many levels. As an archaeologist working in the historic preservation community, I believe a paradigm shift is happening, and that the Tribal Cultural Landscape (TCL) approach can provide a way to […]

Killing Atticus Finch

The literary event of the past summer was undoubtedly the release, on July 14, of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. As Joe Nocera argued in the New York Times, the ethics behind the decision to publish were at best questionable. Lee, who is an invalid, effectively lost control over her literary estate when […]

An Epidemiologic Anthropology: Considerations when Employing Mixed Methods

Anthropology versus Epidemiology Anthropologists and epidemiologists have contributed vital knowledge to understanding public health problems such as low birth weight, reemerging disease, mental health, and more. Lively and enduring dialogue on the potential for collaboration between the disciplines was sparked in the ‘80s by Janes et al.’s (1986) Anthropology and Epidemiology and True’s (1990) chapter […]

Connecting Buffalo

My research is aimed at the ways in which people interact with space in downtown Buffalo, New York. I have completed over a year of preliminary ethnographic research and have begun to write my thesis. While conceptualizing my ideas, I am struggling to include the numerous social topics that arise while conducting my work. Although my […]

Visual Field Notes: Why Draw?

Why Draw? Anthropologist, Carol Hendrickson has been exploring this question with her fieldwork for quite some time. For visual anthropology, drawing can be applied as a method for recording observations and for future reflection toward specific research. I had the opportunity to view Hendrickson’s drawings in person during the Drawing and Painting in the Production […]

Mentoring the Next Generation of Practicing Anthropologists

My career as a practicing anthropologist has taken many twists and turns over the years. I have worked on projects ranging from reducing water-borne diseases in Bolivia; social marketing campaigns in the U.S.; migrant farmworker safety in South Florida; and Spinal Cord Injury in the VA. Currently, I work as a research co-investigator at the HSR&D […]

Interview Methods of an Artist

Casual and formal interview methods are research techniques shared by artists and anthropologists. The conversation from these interviews becomes a resource for the development of knowledge and is used in a myriad of ways between the two disciplines. Artist Maryann Worrell is investigating art and ecology. Worrell was interested in studying participatory artwork and wanted to shift her own studio […]

Culture Through The Photographer’s Lens

Photographer Damari McBride uses his camera to not just capture people and places, but to give voice to the stories and memories that are threatened to be silenced. In a small Brooklyn coffee shop, I sit down with McBride to discuss his background in traveling, teaching and experiencing culture through photography.  He orders a Peruvian blend coffee, black; […]

When Heritage Turns to Rubble

In late March a coalition of wealthy states, led by Saudi Arabia, began constantly bombing Yemen.  The stated rationale for this air war and naval blockade has been to reinstate former interim president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in power after he was forced out by a rebellion in the north.  The primary target of the campaign […]