Colonialism’s Orchestrated Disasters in Puerto Rico

“María, María, perdí la esperanza, María, María, perdí la esperanza.” I am reminded of these lyrics from the bomba group, Yuba Iré, when I see the pictures and videos of our beloved nation of Puerto Rico in ruins. Some of us had lived through hurricanes before, but nothing had prepared us for this level of […]

“Travelling against the Odds”

Bolivian indigenous women seek trading partners and merchandise in China. In the Andes, being a viajero/a, a traveler, means to be an itinerant trader. Trade unions of mobile merchants and fair-goers identify as travelers. Numerous people from across Bolivia, in particular women of indigenous Aymara origin, travel throughout the country and beyond to sustain their […]

Trump’s Wall and the Dictator Aesthetic

Well, look, we’re going to have a border. It’s going to be a real border, and we’re going to build a wall and it’s going to be a serious wall. Just remember that. And you remember I said it…. It’s going to be a serious wall. It’s going to be a real wall. It’s not going to […]

Movement and Power in Archaeology

Archaeology might seem to study static objects and past contexts, however recent recipients of Archaeology Division (AD) awards explore the relationship of movement and power, an underappreciated anthropological issue. A mission of the AD is to show how archaeological research and interpretations provide unique and important perspectives for anthropologists, other scholars, and the general public. […]