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  • Theta Waves and HWAP Badges: Post #5 of the Tool Fan Ethnography Project

    In this post we talk Theta waves, dancing madly, and touch on some of the less-savory Tool fans deserving of HWAP badges.

  • The Tool-fan Ethnography Project: Who, What, and Really, Why?

    Today I am going to tell you a little bit about this project, what exactly this project is, and what these Vagabond write-ups are and are not, so that you can know what to expect. Then, I’ll share just how we got started on it.

  • The Verbal Voyager Joins Vagabond Journey for Ironic Study of Tool’s Insufferable Fans

    Hello Fellow Vagabonds! Are you ready to rock? 🤟 My name is Alexis, and I am an insufferable Tool fan. (“Hiii Alexis!”). I am an anthropologist ethnographer joining Vagabond Journey while I follow the rock band Tool for a number of shows on their current, quickly selling-out Fear Inoculum tour, doing an ethnographic study of [...]

  • Convergent and Divergent Theories of Cultural Evolution

    All cultures change, this is normal. Even rapid change, mass assimilation, disintegration are not oddities in the timeline of human cultural evolution. With each ebb and flow of a socio-political empire across large portions of the world, cultures, traditions, and languages are rapidly changed, assimilated, killed off, and new cultures are created. What is culture? [...]

  • Monte Alban Archaeology Site

    OAXACA, Mexico- Monte Alban sits on a flat top, mini plateau that has a 360 degree view of the surrounding Oaxaca Valley and far off into the Sierra Madres in the distance. Beautiful. Archaeology sites are often become big tourists sites for a reason: They were often built in truly spectacular locations. Who among us [...]

  • Trick or Treating in Mexico

    A little pumpkin.

  • Village Life Shows Concentrated Humanity

    Village Life is Humanity Through a Magnifying Glass There is a row in the hotel kitchen. Again. The Maya women who work there screwed something up and they are blaming it on anybody and everybody that is not them. They blame each other, they blame my wife, they try to place the blame onto anyone. [...]

  • Vagabond Journey to Become Geographic eMagazine

    Vagabond Journey Travel to Geographic The way it seems to me there are two ways towards publishing success: 1. You do the same thing as that everyone else is trying to do, put it in a posh package, either do it better or get the most friends to say that you do it better — [...]

  • Archaeology as a Stable Career Path and Fieldwork in Egypt

    Should I pursue archaeology as a stable career path? This is a question from a reader named Lane who would like to know if he could expect to find a stable career in archaeology and do fieldwork in Egypt. Hello Lane, Your question sort of comes at me from right field, as my  draw to [...]

  • Interested in Anthropology

    I noticed that you are interested in Anthropology. What field are you interested in?

    I was taken in by the anthropology pretty early on. I started out with archaeology, and worked about 8 field seasons. But my degree is in cultural anthro . . . . well, I suppose technically my concentration is in Ethnographic journalism, which is just more or less applied ethnography for the purpose of writing articles.