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Illustrated black and white comic panel of two figures talking in a landscape
Image description: Two small figures on horseback speak to each other. One wearing a wide-brimmed hat says ,”Tonto! Good news! Anthropology in 2022 is dancing to some new tunes!” The second figure replies, “Really? What are the new tunes?” Wind turbines, foliage, hills, and a tall plateau fill in the background.
An illustrated black and white comic panel of two people on horseback talking.
Image description: A man wearing a wide-brimmed hat and eye mask sits on a horse and says, “Decolonization, multispecies ethnography, many worlds ontologies, among others.” Another man with long black hair and a band of fabric around his head sits on horseback. He replies, “That’s great. But is it still a ‘publish or perish’ discipline?”
An illustrated black and white comic panel of two people on horseback talking.
Image description: The first man answers the question from the previous comic panel, “Yes. More than ever!” and the second man says, “Kemosabe, the tunes may be new but it sounds like the same old song and dance routine to me.”

Authors

Bernard C. Perley

Bernard C. Perley is Maliseet from Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Canada. He is director and associate professor at the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia. He combines his art and architecture background with ethnography to promote indigenous language revitalization and social justice issues. And, he loves drawing cartoons.

Cite as

Perley, Bernard C.. 2022. “Song and Dance.” Anthropology News website, February 14, 2022.

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