Department of Anthropology

Collecting Hopi: Researching Proprietary Tribal Knowledge

Just before entering Kykotsmovi (Kiqötsmovi in Hopi), visitors are greeted by a colourful sign with words of welcome and warning. Here, as in every other village on the Hopi reservation in Northeastern Arizona, visitors are forbidden from taking photographs, making audio recordings, producing sketches, hiking foot trails or removing objects. In other words, no inscriptions should be made of the village, you are not welcome to walk on land that isn’t paved, and nothing should be taken from the village.

Michael Pierson (MAPSS, AM'15) receives 2016 Payne Prize from American Anthro Assoc.

AQA announces Michael Pierson as recipient of the 2016 Kenneth W. Payne Prize


The Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize is presented each year by the Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA) of the American Anthropological Association to a graduate or undergraduate student in acknowledgment of outstanding anthropological work on 1) a lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans* topic, or 2) a critical interrogation of sexualities and genders more broadly defined.


Paul W. Friedrich, anthropologist and linguist, 1927-2016

Editor's note: A memorial service for Paul W. Friedrich will be held Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in Bond Chapel Paul W. Friedrich, an anthropologist, linguist and poet whose sweeping scholarship ranged from agrarian reform in Mexico to Russian lyric poetry to ties between Thoreau’s Walden and Hindu scripture, died at his home on Aug. 11. He was 88 years old. Friedrich taught for five decades as a professor at the University of Chicago, while reaching across disciplines, cultures and languages in his...

Ecuador’s Defenders of the Rights of Nature

Thanks to the generous support provided by the Division of the Social Sciences 2015-2016 Research Travel Grant, I was able to conduct an immersive, year-long ethnographic research project in Ecuador for my dissertation titled “Re-Constituting the Nature of the Nation: NGOs, Biodiversity and the Defenders of the Rights of Nature in Ecuador.”

Severing Heads and Social Ties: A Biogeochemistry and Material Culture Approach to Bodies in the Iron Age of Southern France

My work investigates changes to political economy and social structure amongst indigenous societies of the northwest Mediterranean during the course of the Iron Age (ca. 600 to 125 BCE), a period that saw the entanglement of diverse indigenous peoples with various colonizers (Etruscan and Greek, but also Punic and Roman). Ultimately, my goal is to combine isotopic and material culture data in order to examine how various sites' networks of relationality changed over the course of several centuries.