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Considering Intangible Values and Social Context in Cultural Resource Management

The Pinery stage station, a historic resource of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Photo credit: National Park Service. By: Rochelle Bloom The article, A Critique of Unfeeling Heritage, by Denis Byrne, is a useful text to introduce holistic approaches to archaeology....

Teaching the Sociopolitical Complexities of Endangered Language Preservation using “The Linguists”

Movie poster for The Linguists, from Ironbound Films Ideal for introductory linguistic as well as cultural anthropology classes focused on the nation-state or childhood, this 104 minute documentary film helps students better understand the real-world complexities of...

Teaching Anthropological Analysis through Annotated Participant Observation Essay

By: Danica Loucks Students just beginning their undergraduate education may not have a strong grasp of the distinction between description and analysis and what that looks like in anthropological work. If they’re just beginning to be introduced to anthropology and/or...

Seriously, you can teach with these data (even if you’re not an archaeologist)!

By: Dr. Ian Straughn Perhaps you are a cultural anthropologist who has been toying with the idea of how that other, grubby subfield – archaeology – could make a cameo appearance in your introductory course or even an upper level seminar on race, colonialism, or the...

First Day Activity: Ten Things You Believe to be True

This resource was originally published by Cultural Anthropology: Teaching Tools: https://culanth.org/fieldsights/851-first-day-activity-ten-things-you-believe-to-be-true By Angela Jenks The first day of class is often a challenge for new instructors. After addressing...

Learn Genetics

The Learn.Genetics website created by the Genetic Science Learning Center offers a wealth of free educational resources on genetics for students and teachers alike. The resources can all be used to complement a classroom lecture, activity, or demonstration. Students...

Interactive Digs from Around the World

Thanks to the Archaeological Institute of America and Archaeology Magazine, your students can virtually join archaeologists on digs around the world! The Interactive Digs website enables students to learn about digs currently happening in Ireland, Greece, Italy, the...

Linguistics Challenge Puzzles

Hosted by the Princeton Linguistics Club, the Linguistics Challenge website hosts a series of puzzles in different languages. The puzzles have four levels of difficulty and are designed with native English speakers in mind. The puzzles encourage players to learn about...

Dig into History: Mesopotamia

In their project, Dig Into History, the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago gives students the opportunity to learn how archeologists work while taking a closer look at the rich history of Mesopotamia. Students begin by participating in a virtual dig in...

Nova Lab’s Evolution Lab

This PBS series, Nova Labs, has a special Evolution Lab that introduces students to evolution and genetics. In the first part, "Build a Tree," students assemble phylogenetic trees using fossil morphology, biogeography, and DNA sequences. Students will then learn more...

Zombies in the Classroom: The Importance of Teaching the Zombie Apocalypse in Anthropology Classes

Photo by: Eneas De Troya, Zombies in Mexico City, México (Los zombies en el DF / Zombies @ Mexico City) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Note: This post was originally published by The Geek Anthropologist. We have...

Paris is Burning

Photograph: Trans performer, model, and AIDS educator, Octavia St. Laurent walking in a ball in Miramax film, Paris is Burning.  I’ve used clips from the ethnographic documentary Paris is Burning (1990) in undergraduate anthropology courses, as well as a...

The University as Community and Field Site: Experiential Learning About Qualitative Research Methods

This resource is a multi-week group assignment to practice a range of qualitative research methods. The assignment is to conduct preliminary research about an issue affecting the university community, in order to identify research and policy priorities about that...

Teaching Cultural Relativism Through Media Literacy

As a teacher in the information age, I believe it’s important to layer media literacy into my courses. The access today’s students have to limitless information via the Internet is both a blessing and a curse. It is unprecedented to have the aggregate of human...

El Reino de las Mujeres

Foto por: Seihon Cho. Mujer Mosou y Turista Han en Lago Lugu Leer este recurso en Ingles: http://teachinglearninganthro.com/2018/07/12/womens-kingdom-film/ Yo regularmente uso el corto documental de PBS/Frontline titulado The Woman’s Kingdom (El Reino de las Mujeres)...

Teaching Indigenous Cultural Resource Management Using a Documentary an Aboriginal Women’s Natural and Cultural Resource Management Conference

Macquarie Marshes Nature Reserve This 10-minute film available on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YItBnWz0vOU) documents the 2012 Aboriginal Women's Natural and Cultural Resource Management (NCRM) conference held at the Macquarie Marshes Nature Reserve on...

Adaptation to Altitude

Mother and child in Tibet As a companion to their exhibit What does it mean to be human?, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History produced a series of five lesson plans that address topics related to human evolution; adaptation to altitude, the evolution of...
Lukas avendaño. Muxhe, Muxe Contemporary performer. Zapotec Muxes from Mexico.

Third Gender Film: Muxe

Photograph by Mario Patinho. Lukas avendaño. Muxhe, Muxe Contemporary performer. A short film that I like to use in my introductory cultural anthropology courses to introduce units on gender is an innovative new documentary film entitled Muxes, commissioned by the...

Teaching with Race the Power of an Illusion Film

The California Newsreel three part series Race the Power of an Illusion is, by many standards, among the best documentary films that teach the biological fallacy of race as well as the social construction of "race" in the US. The film is available for purchase and is...
eproduction of the Von Luschan's chromatic scale made by anthropologist Felix von Luschan.

The Biology of Skin Color

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (hhmi BioInteractive) offers some pretty amazing (free!) educational materials related to the biology and the evolution of humans and other primates. They will even send you DVD copies in the mail of some of their videos for free...

Women’s Kingdom Film

Photograph by Seihon Cho. Mosou woman and Han tourist on Lake Lugu. Read this resource in Spanish: http://teachinglearninganthro.com/2018/09/16/el-reino-de-las-mujeres/ I regularly use the short PBS/Frontline documentary film The Woman’s Kingdom in my introductory...