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The Deer Dance – Santa Cruz, Toledo, Belize – January 2016

young boy dressed as the jaguar

On Wednesday, January 6th, 2016, in the community of Santa Cruz in the Toledo District, Belize, community members, school children, visitors and passers-by had the chance to witness the beginning of the Deer Dance. Beginning a traditional Maya celebration continuing

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At the Education Station

coolAnthropology.com‘s mission is to expand the reach of anthropological research through informed discussions and dissemination. We do this through several different means- conceptualizing and/or collaborating on projects, designing teaching tools, electronic outreach. Perhaps one of most exciting means of dissemination

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Road of Mirrors

In the Middle

As we’ve been preparing for next week’s debut of our latest installation, “On the Road of Development,” I’ve been thinking quite a bit about perspective: what an anthropological perspective offers to discussions about issues of education, environment, infrastructure or economics,

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An Evening in Lima

Lit Up!

Afternoon turns to evening as families, friends and lovers take in the hazy sunset over Lima’s urban sprawl enclosed by the rolling mountains. The cross on the hill, or el Cruz del cerro San Cristobal, provides the ideal spot for

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The Fall and Rise of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Standing 7,970 feet above sea level in the Andes mountains of Peru, the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu is probably among the most recognized and celebrated archaeological sites in the world. Its fame is not simply a result of

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“Anti-Columbus Day” Celebrations at Tikal, 2011

Mask of the Conquistador

For Maya communities in Guatemala and Belize, mid-October is a time to remember and participate in celebrations that were important to mark the passing of years long before Columbus arrived in this part of the world. These photos capture moments

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Wee Three Belize

Mopan Maya Babies Sleep Suspended from the Beams of a Thatch House

One of the most “classic” topics studied by cultural anthropologists is kinship. Back in the discipline’s history, we find Lewis Henry Morgan taking care to decipher the many complex ways human societies trace our relatedness to one another. In Santa

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Fields of Huascarán

The Glacier's Path

On May 31, 1970, an earthquake in the Ancash region of north-central Peru sent a large mass of glacial ice from the mountain, Huascarán, down into the valley to on its western side, killing the 25,000 residents of the town

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Motel Movement

No Name Motel

Somehow the decaying neon motel sign, seen from the road while traveling across the United States, bears the weight of decades of expectations bound up in glimpsed histories of hope and hurt- with some debauchery thrown in. The signs are

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Our Mother Corn

Fresh Corn From the Farm

Many communities around the world share staple foods. These foods are not only the central to the nutritional needs of the people but also, very often, play a integral role in their social lives- dictating the rhythms of daily activities

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A Thatch for Santa Cruz Fundraiser

Olimometer 2.52

Please consider donating, even just a few dollars, to support the ability of small village leaders to manage their own resources and benefit from tourist funds.

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