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Gentle commerce
Spring 2015

From humankind's long history of violence, two chapters under the scrutiny of WSU researchers could point the way to a more peaceful world.


Categories: Anthropology, Social sciences
Tags: Southwest United States, Violence, Commerce, Coffee


We’re one big counterculture
Spring 2015

Anthropologist Barry Hewlett's work with the Aka pygmies of Africa shows how developed Western cultures are often outliers.


Categories: Anthropology, Cultural studies
Tags: Africa, Aka, Attractiveness


Mountains and Rivers and Prairies Without End
Spring 2014

“The whole concept has burgeoned ... to one where the landscape is part of why people select to live in certain locations, has political meaning, has religious meaning, has all of these other kinds of meaning.”


Categories: Anthropology, History, Washington state history
Tags: Landscape, Memory, Native Americans, Ecology


Yet another existential mystery
Fall 2012

Luke Premo, an evolutionary anthropologist who studies Pliocene and Pleistocene hominin behavior and demography, explores why humans and our ancestor hominins have such low genetic diversity considering the large population. 


Categories: Anthropology
Tags: Genetic diversity, Evolutionary anthropology


Lessons from the Forest—The anthropology of childhood
Spring 2012

Anthropologist Barry Hewlett has spent the last 40 years gleaning lessons from the Aka, a people who personify hundreds of thousands of years of human history.


Categories: Anthropology
Tags: Child development, Africa, Aka, Children, Parenting


The Song is You—An Instinct for Music
Spring 2011
What is music good for, anyway?
Categories: Music, Biological sciences, Anthropology
Tags: Songs, Neuroscience, Evolution


Back in the Earth—Putting ancestors to rest, or destroying the past?
Spring 2011
Over the last two decades, tribes have been invoking the Native American Graves Protection and Recovery Act to reclaim remains of their ancestors from museum and research collections across the country. But what if those remains are 10,000 years old? 
Categories: Anthropology, Cultural studies, Archaeology
Tags: Native Americans, Marmes Rockshelter


Talking turkey
Winter 2009
As you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, you might like to know that turkey farming in North America has been around a lot longer than you thought. New genetic tools applied to a common turkey byproduct have given turkey afficionados a lot more to think about.
Categories: Archaeology, Anthropology
Tags: Turkeys, Coprolites, Basketmaker culture, Southwest United States, Pueblo culture, DNA


Grover Krantz (1931-2002) and Clyde
Winter 2009
“I’ve been a teacher all my life, and I think I might as well be a teacher after I’m dead,” Grover Krantz told the Smithsonian’s anthropology collections manager David Hunt as they negotiated Krantz’s proposed donation of his skeleton...
Categories: Anthropology, WSU faculty
Tags: Taxidermy, Forensic anthropology, Dogs


What is Art For?
Spring 2009
Art, says independent scholar Ellen Dissanayake '57, is "making special." It is an act that gives us a sense of belonging and meaning. It is passed from mother to child. Its origins lie deep in our evolutionary past. It makes us human.
Categories: Anthropology, Fine Arts
Tags: Evolution, Art history, Dance


A reburial eases a clash of culture and science
Winter 2008
On a bluff above the Snake River, a few miles upstream from the Tri-Cities, people are gathering on a July morning to bury their dead. Or rebury, actually. The bones that fill the ordinary cardboard boxes sitting next to a deep open grave have spe...
Categories: Anthropology, Cultural studies
Tags: Native Americans


A Dialogue with the Past
Summer 2008
A fierce Pacific storm in February 1970 revealed early remains of Ozette, on the Olympic Coast between Cape Flattery and La Push. Worried about the site's vulnerability to looters and further storms, Makah tribal leader Ed Claplanhoo '56 called archaeologist Richard Daugherty at Washington State University, commencing an 11-year excavation of the site. The excavation yielded thousands of well-preserved artifacts and a wealth of clues to the history and culture of Makahs and other coastal tribes.
Categories: Archaeology, Anthropology
Tags: Makah, Ozette, Northwest history, Native Americans


Ghost Towns of the Anasazi
Spring 2006
For the past three decades, WSU archaeologists and their students have been searching the Southwest with tools ranging from trowels to computers to uncover the story of a vanished people.
Categories: Archaeology, Anthropology
Tags: Southwest United States, Anasazi, Native Americans


Is growth anti-democratic?
Fall 2003
"Growth is a costly and dangerous process," says John H. Bodley, professor of anthropology at Washington State University.
Categories: Anthropology
Tags: Growth, Socioeconomic status


An expert on human evolution, a long-distance driver
Fall 2002
Grover S. Krantz, world-renowned anthropologist and longtime Washington State University professor, died on February 14, 2002 in Port Angeles, Washington after an  eight-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Professor Krantz, or Grover, as eve...
Categories: WSU faculty, Anthropology
Tags: Evolution, In memoriam