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22 article(s) found that match this category.

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


A Re-dress of the West
Spring 2015

Stripping away the mythology of the American West exposes a more diverse, more interesting history.


Categories: Architecture and design, History, Cultural studies
Tags: Chinatown, Photographers, American West, Gender


Consider the dragon
Summer 2014

Chinese American martial artist and actor Bruce Lee embodied a new and potent physicality as an Asian man on film, one who would transcend traditional kung fu forms, influence fitness, and stand toe-to-toe against stereotypes.


Categories: Cultural studies, Athletics
Tags: Asian Americans, Martial arts, Bruce Lee


Posts for Winter 2012
Winter 2012

Alumni send in letters about William Julius Wilson, study in Morocco, and correction about butterflies.


Categories: Cultural studies, Geography
Tags: Buildings, Letters, Correction


Collegiate Athletics in the 21st Century
Winter 2011
“Just Win, Baby!” was the motto made famous by legendary Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. His philosophy was that simple. Along the way the Raiders gained a reputation as one of the dirtiest, most penalized, but successful teams in pro...
Categories: Athletics, Business, Cultural studies
Tags: College athletes, Student athletes, NCAA, Collegiate sports


Bill ’69 and Felicia ’73 Gaskins—All in stride
Summer 2011
Bill Gaskins says he knows exactly when Felicia Cornwall fell in love with him. On a snowy day in 1963, the two were walking arm-in-arm along WSU’s Hello Walk. Felicia, a sophomore from Tacoma, was taking mincing steps through the ...
Categories: Cultural studies, Alumni, Pharmacy
Tags: WSU staff, Diversity, African Americans


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


Edward Claplanhoo ’56—Bah-duk-too-ah: August 8, 1928–March 14, 2010
Fall 2010
Ed Claplanhoo ’56 was chairman of the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay when a winter storm in 1970 eroded the bank above the beach at Cape Alava on the Olympic Peninsula coast, revealing the village of Ozette. The village, ancestral home to many
Categories:
Alumni, Cultural studies
Tags: In memoriam, Native American leaders, Makah, Ozette


Finding Chief Kamiakin
Fall 2009

A new biography of Kamiakin from Washington State University Press finally pulls together the history, legend, and cultural memory of a great chief, a powerful leader of both tolerance and will.


Categories: History, Cultural studies
Tags: Chief Kamiakin, Native American leaders, Native Americans


“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing...”
Fall 2009
“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing...”—Henri Cartier-BressonIn 1948 20-year-old photographer Don Normark walked up a hill in Los Angeles looking for a good view. Instead he found Chávez Ravine, site of three rams...
Categories: Cultural studies, Photography
Tags: Chavez Ravine, Latinos


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 memorial and a blessing
Fall 2008
At the western edge of the Makah Nation village of Neah Bay sits a tidy new park. It marks the spot where 216 years ago Spanish explorers built the first European settlement in the continental United States west of the Rockies and north of San Fr...
Categories: History, Cultural studies
Tags: Native Americans, Makah


Language lessons
Winter 2007
When Saad Alshahrani came to graduate school at Washington State University, he didn't speak a bit of English.Addled by the long flights from Saudi Arabia, he tried to walk out of the airport in Seattle. He didn't understand that his new home was ...
Categories: Cultural studies, Languages and linguistics
Tags: Arabic


She's home
Summer 2007
When her husband-to-be Michael Pavel took her home to the Skokomish reservation in the summer of 1996, it was revealed that Susan Pavel (photo, center) couldn't cook."The attitude," she says, "was, well, let's teach you some useful trade. Like wea...
Categories: Alumni, Cultural studies
Tags: Native Americans, Coast Salish, Weaving


Just like it was yesterday
Spring 2007
"We were living a good life," said Albert Redstarr Andrews in a meditation concluding the second Plateau Conference, "and we were disturbed." What might be taken as gracious understatement also resonated with profound loss.In spite of a generally ...
Categories: Cultural studies, History
Tags: Native Americans, Eastern Washington


What I've Learned Since College: An interview with Rebecca Miles
Spring 2006
Last May, Rebecca Miles became the first woman and, at age 32, the youngest person to be elected chairman of the Nez Perce tribe. In her one-year post representing the 3,000 members of the tribe, Miles has traveled the country speaking on issues l...
Categories: Alumni, Cultural studies
Tags: Nez Perce, Idaho, Native Americans


Powwow Turns 30
Fall 2005
Last April marked the 30th anniversary of the Pah-Loots-Pu Celebration Powwow at Washington State University. One of the largest student-run campus events, the powwow is held at the Beasely Performing Arts Coliseum and includes tribal representat...
Categories: Cultural studies
Tags: Native Americans


A Nobel laureate promotes a
Summer 2005
Wole Soyinka, a playwright, poet, novelist, and political activist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, spent a couple of days in February on the Pullman campus.His visit was in conjunction with the Theater Arts Program's presentation o...
Categories: Literature, Cultural studies
Tags: Africa, Nobel laureate


Conference Brings Plateau Tribes and WSU a Few Steps Closer
Spring 2005
To get here, most elders at Washington State University's conference honoring the Plateau Tribes had to pass by places defined now only by what they used to be.From Oregon and Washington, they drove along the Columbia, past dams where once abundan...
Categories: Cultural studies
Tags: Native Americans


Resilient Cultures—A new understanding of the New World
Spring 2003
The history of European and Indian interactions is being dramatically rewritten. In a new book, a WSU historian produces an update.
Categories: History, Cultural studies
Tags: Native Americans, American West


Friendly People
Winter 2002
William Hewitt built his dream on Blake Island. Hewitt is gone, but his dream lives on in Native tradition and the rich aroma of roasting salmon.
Categories: Business, Cultural studies
Tags: Tourism, Dance, Native Americans


Whispered prayers
Fall 2002
On the floor of Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum, Native American children dressed in full regalia run off steam before the grand dance at the Pah-Loots-Pu Powwow this Saturday night in April. One of them is Red Bear McCloud, the 5-year-old son of...
Categories: Performing arts, Cultural studies
Tags: Native Americans, Dance