Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NSF REU Fellow, Stephanie Zach's display of Fijian Cultural Items

2014 NSF REU fellow Stephanie Zach created three showcases displaying cultural artifacts used in everyday Fijian life.  These items are encased on the 2nd floor of the Landrum Academic Center at NKU.

**Kava (yaqona) root is a mild narcotic that is drunk by Fijians to celebrate, perform ceremonies, and/or to facilitate social gatherings.
Items above: Kava root (left), kava bowl (center), kava bowl used by priests (right).

**Meke is a traditional style of dance and music performed by Fijians on various occasions to tell ancestral stories and histories, legends, and the spirit of the islands.

Items used during meke ceremonies: palm frond fan and noise makers made out of seed pods.
**Masi (or bark cloth) is made from the pulp of the mulberry tree, decorated, and worn during important ceremonies like weddings, funerals, and the birth of babies.

This piece of masi was created by the Lau group and is part of a traditional wedding costume (this is be worn by both the bride and groom).

Friday, February 20, 2015

February 19th is National Anthropology Day!!!

Why celebrate National Anthropology Day on February 19th you ask?!  As it so happens, February 19th coincides with several significant anthropological events such as: the publishing of the first HAU journal, the death of Franz Boas, and the release of the first edition of Russell Bernard's Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology.

As anthropologists, we have one of the most exciting jobs on the planet!  Of course, we may be a little biased, but taking into consideration all that we get to do, how could we not be! As anthropologists we get to travel the world researching all different types of cultures, we get to dig in the dirt and "find" all kinds of old things, we get to do lab work, analyze the "old things" we find, AND we get to publish these results!  And if you thought all of those things weren't enough, we also get to attend conferences both nationally and internationally to learn about MORE research and meet new people in the field!

In addition to all of these really cool job characteristics, anthropology jobs can range from consulting at Fortune 500 companies (i.e. Procter & Gamble) to excavating as an archaeologist, to working as a curator in a museum, to teaching, all the way to working on as a crime scene investigator!

If you're STILL not convinced about how cool it is to be an anthropologist then check out the video below to actually see what field work as an archaeologist looks like!

http://reu-fiji.org/video-gallery/ (copy and paste this link into your web browser)

**Videos and photos courtesy of Helena Gaar