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Anthropology Online: Artifacts (FREE eBook)

In a previous post, I mentioned that you could view some artifacts online at the American Museum of Natural History. Well, there are many, many more places online where you can view artifacts, both ethnographic items and archaeological items! So, I decided to write a short guidebook for viewing Anthropological artifacts online. The free ebook …

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Anthropological Concepts: Creation & Functions of Music

Is Music a Universal Language? Music is said to be a universal language, meaning that even if people don’t speak each other’s language, they can still enjoy music together. But this is probably not true.  Have you ever listened to music from another culture and thought that it sounded strange or maybe just like noise? …

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Anthropological Concepts: Body Art

All cultures decorate and make modifications to the human body, whether it is temporary or permanent. This is called body art.  Body Art includes cutting, styling, or dying hair; body piercing; body painting; tattooing; and scarification.  Hair Cutting, styling, or dying hair is found in many cultures, but it can mean something different in each …

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The Art of Small Scale Societies vs. Complex Societies

In a previous post, I discussed some differences between art in Western cultures and art in non-Western cultures. There are also differences between the art of small-scale societies and the art of complex societies.  One way art is different between these two kinds of societies has to do with size.  Small societies are often foragers (meaning …

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Anthropological Concepts: Introduction to Art & Culture

This blog post will focus on art and culture. People from cultures all around the world use art to express themselves. The earliest evidence of art ever found is from about 100,000 years ago in South Africa. Archaeologists found a painter’s workshop, with bone tools for mixing paint, yellow and red ochre for paint color, …

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Anthropological Concepts: Multiple Gender Identities

In a previous blog post, you learned about gender and culture. This post will talk more about cultural ideas of gender, specifically multiple gender identities. When you think about yourself, do you feel like a male or a female? That’s gender identity. Gender identity means whether a person feels like a male, or female, or something …

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Anthropological Concepts: Gender & Culture

In the last blog post, I talked about the 4 characteristics of gender. Gender is learned and collaborative, something we do, and involves asymmetry. Some people think that gender is also permanent, meaning whatever gender you are, you are that for the rest of your life. But, in some places, the gender you are changes throughout …

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