Posts tagged culture
Posts tagged culture
Amazing portraits! I discuss sworn virgins in the class I teach, but now I’ll have photos to show! I love when I get new material to incorporate from social media/blogs :D
Anthro geekin’ out!
Maulana Karenga of the US Organization created Kwanzaa in 1966 as the first specifically African American holiday. Karenga said his goal was to “give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.” The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning first fruits of the harvest. The choice of Swahili, an East African language, reflects its status as a symbol of Pan-Africanism, especially in the 1960s.
Kwanzaa is a celebration that has its roots in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s, and was established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their African cultural and historical heritage by uniting in meditation and study of African traditions and Nguzu Saba, the “seven principles of African Heritage” which Karenga said “is a communitarian African philosophy”:
- Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
- Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves stand up.
- Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
- Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
- Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
- Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
- Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
If I procreate, I will have a nerd baby!!
Caballitos de totora [Schoenoplectus californicus tatora sin. Scirpus californicus tatora], La Libertad [Perú]
Totora reed rafts, La Libertad
[Foto: Alejandro Balaguer]
Perú: El Dorado n° 17, Octubre-diciembre 1999
Bronislaw Malinowski among a group of Trobriand natives, 1918.
Fact of the day: Malinowski was stranded on the islands during WWI.
United Colors of Benetton’s Unhate ad campaign, featuring doctored photos of political and religious leaders swapping spit. I’ve never been inside one of their stores, but this campaign is awesome.
I wonder why there is no lesbian action, though. Perhaps the creatives thought that focusing primarily on men would somehow be more subversive or have a greater impact? Or maybe they think women keep the peace?
A Series on Forgotten Treasures from a New York City Anthropology Department: Part III
Demonstrating the pose of a Kwakiutl dancer, 1895.
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution [mnh_8304].
Love it or hate it, when most people think of metal, they think of white dudes. Even if metal was born from the blues and there are growing scenes in places like Indonesia and Peru, metal’s founding fathers—Priest, Sabbath, Maiden—and most of those who’ve come after have been unmistakably Caucasian. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised to find out about a small but passionate collection of guys who dressed like doomsday cowboys and listened to Motorhead in the predominantly black, central African country of Botswana.
rest of the article and images here.
loooove this scene…helped form the person I am today, a person who judges people based on how much they resemble their dog
“A Ju/’hoan, a Canadian (Richard Lee), and an Herero: an old-style anthropological mug shot.”
The Dobe Ju/’hoansi, Richard B. Lee
I bet Richard Lee, an anthropologist doing fieldwork during the 1960s, had no idea that hipsters would rock his style 50 years later. :)