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Violence and ritual

This Kaxinawa (formerly Cashinahua) dagger or kapa nupa, literally “squirrel knife”, was collected in 1966 by Kenneth Kensinger. The following is an excerpt from a book co-authored by Kensinger entitled The Cashinahua of Eastern Peru. When attending fertility rituals in … Continue reading

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Vermifuge

The glass bottle above, although difficult to read in the photo, is stamped “Dr. D. Jayne’s Tonic Vermifuge 242 Chest. St. Phila”.  Vermifuge, a tonic for “worms, dyspepsia, piles and general debility” was a popular remedy of the very successful … Continue reading

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1930s industry: A world in miniature

In the 1930s the Commercial Museum and the American ceramics company Lenox made a series of miniature dioramas to illustrate the process of making the company’s popular wares, step by step.  The Temple Anthropology Lab acquired 6 of the 8 … Continue reading

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Evidence

Here is more of Muriel’s description of her time in the field (Metepec, Mexico, 1970): Doing fieldwork is difficult.  Often, I would climb the hillside to look out over the town and to contemplate.  The steep rutted climb was precarious.  … Continue reading

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Everyday People, Everyday Pots

Please come and see the current exhibit in the lobby level of Gladfelter Hall in the cases outside of the Anthropology Lab! Everyday People, Everyday Pots was curated by the Lab’s Director, Muriel Kirkpatrick and features pottery from two of … Continue reading

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Exposition Ephemera: Models from South India

Painting Story of the Floating Desert: Contemporary Indian Miniatures from Jhalavad, India is currently on exhibit at CHAT (The Center for Humanities located on the 10th Floor of Gladfelter Hall).  Also on display as a complement to this show are a … Continue reading

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Woven

Here are two more examples of ethnographic textiles from the Anthroplogy Lab. This Kaxinawá hipband was collected by Kenneth Kensinger in the 1960s.  The Kaxinawá live in the Amazon jungle of eastern Peru.  This piece was woven by the wife of a chief and is made of natural, raw, … Continue reading

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“Orange peel” flakes and a look at Colha, Belize

The Maya site of Colha, located in Northern Belize, is known for its lithic workshops.  At its height, stone tools made at the site were traded with communities as far as 160 km (100 miles) away.  The site is located geographically … Continue reading

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Projectile points

In 1969, a collection of projectile points from Virginia was given to the Anthropology Lab by Clifford Evans of the Smithsonian.  The collection includes 117 points catalogued according to the 1955 artifact typology devised by C.G. Holland, who analyzed the … Continue reading

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