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  • Woolly Mammoth Skeleton

    Woolly Mammoth Skeleton at American Museum of Natural HistoryI spent an insurmountable amount of time when I was a little kid staring into a postcard of a woolly mammoth skeleton. The card was postmarked sometime in the 1950s, and some guy wrote an incredibly general message to another guy upon the back of it. What [...]

  • What is a Global Citizen

    What is a Global Citizen? “I am no more modern than ancient, no more French than Chinese, and the idea of a native country – that is to say, the imperative to live on one bit of ground marked red or blue on the map and to hate the other bits in green or black [...]

  • Culture is Never Static the Exotic is Now

    Culture is Never Static the Exotic is NowThere is a certain tendency to talk of cultures as if they are fixed devices. I do it often. It is perhaps the hallmark of ethnology. The only way of making any sense of a time, a people, or a place is to speak as if all three [...]

  • Salah- The Muslim Prayer

    Salah-The Muslim PrayerSalah, the Muslim process of formal prayer, is a time-honed practice that is meant to interweave Islamic religious belief within the very fabric of the practioner’s life. Five times a day the prayer is performed in a specific way and is always done while facing the Kaaba of Mecca. Salah is one of [...]

  • Technology in Southern India

    “Smoke is an indication of work . . . therefore, we are proud of our smoke.”Reactions to the thoughtless acquisition and utilization of introduced technology in Southern India.“Developing countries must not and will not allow themselves to be distracted from the imperatives of economic development and growth by the illusory dream of an atmosphere free [...]

  • Tribals of Arunachal Pradesh

    A Respectable Development?The Tribals of Arunachal Pradesh: Then and Now“. . . we are faced with the phenomenon of a rapid material, social, and educational development of a tribal society which has found a place in the modern world without so far losing its identity as a distinct ethnic entity.” -Christoph Von Furer-Haimendorf (approx. 1980)From [...]

  • A Visit to a South Indian Archaeology Site

    A Visit to a South Indian Archaeological SiteAnd a head first jump into the folk-lexicon of village KarnatakaIt was mid-September and the beginning of a very temperate South Indian Autumn; a group of students and I were on a visit to a local archaeological site just outside of Bangalore city. We all packed into a [...]

  • Cultural Questions

    Cultural Questions at the Casa Amarela Guesthouse I want to go to Germany, because I do not understand the German people.I believe that it is safe to say that there is such a phenomenon know as cultural tendencies; that various people from different cultures and corners of the globe evince shades of character that have [...]

  • Isabelle Eberhardt: An Interview with the Kathleen Modrowski

    Isabelle Eberhardt: An Interview with the anthropologist, Kathleen ModrowskiThe following is an interview with the anthropologist, Kathleen Modrowski about the life, times, writings, and character of Isabelle Eberhardt. Kathleen conducted the bulk of her anthropological research in North Africa, and found records of Eberhardt while going through old economic archives in Algiers. This discovery sparked [...]

  • Article on Tibetan Refugees in Bylakuppe, India

    The following is a revision of an article that I wrote from a visit to the Bylakuppe Tibetan Refugee camp in Karnataka, India. Abroad View magazine selected it for publication in their spring 2008 print edition.Seekers of Refuge in a Land of No Return:Conversations with Tibetan Refugees in BylakuppeIn 1959, on the heels of their [...]