Saturday, August 25, 2007

Summer 2007 Fiji Study Abroad- A Photo Essay

(UAB group at the USP bure with Dr. Thomas)

Six UAB students, an electronics expert, and a nurse joined me this summer for two weeks in Fiji. Our group visited the islands of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, and Taveuni for days of hiking, swimming, snorkeling and learning about Fiji’s past and present. We were hosted at the University of the South Pacific by Professor Frank Thomas and had opportunities to visit the Fiji Museum, colonial Suva—Fiji’s capital, Savusavu, and many parks and villages on Taveuni and Vanua Levu.

(Our first hike started out nice enough at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes on Viti Levu- everyone is looking fresh before the wrong turn...)

(The Sigatoka Dunes, a vast sandy landscape rich in history)

(Catherine and Chris' first Fijian meal of parrotfish in fresh coconut milk, cassava and Fiji Water)

(The group at the Fiji Museum)

(Part of the Museum's cannibalism display-the bones of human's were sometimes put in trees after they were cannibalized; note the cannibal forks and bone needles in the back)

(After a couple of days in Suva we were ready for a break from the city. We headed to Taveuni where I took this photo of a house garden at Tovutovu)

(Taveuni's Bouma Park and lower waterfall)

(Qeleni Village tour. Our guide, Anna explains how the pandanus leaves are drying in the sun and will be used by the women of the village to make mats)

(The feast in Naselesele Village)

(Girls performing a traditional Fijian meke or dance that followed our feast in Naselesele Village)

(Catherine and her video camera made a splash in the village)

(Madison partakes in a yaqona or kava ceremony in Qeleni Village)

(Yaqona drying in the sun)

(Masi or barkcloth for sale on Taveuni)

(Dinner of a kick-ass curry at the Curry Hut)

(The wasp found on someone's plate at the Kick-ass Curry Shack)

(A woman fishing in the inshore area of Taveuni at the North end of the island)

(The ferry ride from Taveuni to Vanua Levu)

(The world's happiest "No Smoking" sign, found on Grace Ferry)

(Hike to Lomaloma waterfall on Vanua Levu)

(Lower Bouma falls)

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

The Anthropology Club will meet Friday, March 9 at 11am at the Honors Building beside the School of Business. At this meeting the club will work on their mission statement, purpose, and design a constitution. Meetings usually last for a half an hour. This is an excellent opportunity for any students interested in the club to come meet the officers and add input. Students need not be Anthropology majors to attend or join the club. In fact, the club is actively seeking membership from many majors (Social Work, History, International Studies, Anthropology etc.). Some of the exciting activities they have planned include:

- Making contacts with Birmingham inner city schools to present information about anthropology (we will offer slide shows, films, lectures, etc.).
-Meeting with local High school faculty members to help promote anthropology as a major at the high school level.
-Visiting the Civil Rights Institute on March 31st (
-Visiting the Southern Museum of Flight on April 7th (

Photo of Sloss iron gate (by S.Jones)

Sloss Furnaces (by S.Jones)

Monday, February 12, 2007

The First Spring 2007 UAB Anthropology Club Meeting!

UAB’s first Anthropology Club Meeting for the Spring 2007 term will take place on Saturday, February 24 at the Sloss Furnaces in downtown Birmingham! We will meet at 1pm at the Sloss Visitor’s Center and take a guided tour of this amazing National Historic Landmark. Check out Sloss’ website form more info on this historic site (

Following the tour, around 2:30 or 3 pm, the Anthro Club will either hold their official meeting at Sloss or move to a venue in Five Points for food, drinks, and discussion. Please feel free to join us and bring a friend!

The Sloss Furnaces are located at: Twenty 32nd St. North, Birmingham AL and admission is Free.