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Anthropology, Department of

Anthropology is the study of humans, especially of their origin, their behaviour and their physical, social and cultural development. The Department of Anthropology aims to advance the knowledge of who we are, how we came to be that way, and where we may go in the future. The department supports five museum collections as a critical part of the scholarly experience.
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  1. The Lost Jingle Dress [Download]

    Title: The Lost Jingle Dress
    Creator: Heather Young-Leslie
    Description: The Lost Jingle Dress is a story written in 2014 by Heather Young-Leslie, and performed by Stuart McLean, for the CBC Radio program Vinyl Cafe. The story lauds the small community of Jasper, Alberta. It was broadcast as part of the "Indigenous Music" episode, aired on June 3 & 4, 2016. This version was recorded from the public radio broadcast onto a private-owned recording device (iphone) in m4a format.
    Subjects: Creative Nonfiction, Story, Aboriginal , Community, Jasper, Regalia, Nonfiction, Radio , Broadcast, Audiofile, Narrative, Memory, Belonging
    Date Created: 2016/06/04
  2. Comparing Indigenou s Approaches to Autism with Western Approaches to Autism [Download]

    Title: Comparing Indigenou s Approaches to Autism with Western Approaches to Autism
    Creator: Anna Wilson
    Description: Comparing Indigenous Approaches to Autism with Western Approaches to Autism Anna Wilson, University of Alberta On United Nations World Autism Day 2015, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon encouraged policymakers, professionals, employers, service providers, and caregivers to create an inclusive society by recognizing the strengths of people with autism, instead of focusing on their weaknesses (para. 6).Unfortunately, more than 80 per cent of adults with autism are unemployed globally (2015, para. 11). In order to reach World Autism Awareness Day’s goal of empowering people impacted by autism it is imperative to challenge Western society’s medical model of autism as a disease with the empowering Navajo view of autism as a beautiful difference. This envisions people with autism as a source of social capital instead of a social burden raising awareness into Library and Information Studies. The World Health Organization supports librarians’ roles by claiming that “E-learning approaches, and innovative models for engaging” (Ki-moon, 2014, para. 11) people with autism to share their valuable experiences through a variety of digital mediums can be facilitated by library professionals. Librarians can challenge societies’ stereotypes of autism through helping people impacted by autism to share their stories through creating online digital stories, digital library collections or websites. This paper addresses these objectives through the following steps: Firstly, autism and transformative learning will be defined in the context of the research questions. Secondly, a comparative analysis of case studies will be given. Thirdly, the healing stories within these case studies will be synthesized through transformative learning. Fourthly, future research implications for library and information studies will be critically analyzed.
    Subjects: Autism, Navajo, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Indigenous
    Date Created: 2015/06/02
  3. Research Materials (Anthropology)

    Title: Research Materials (Anthropology)
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: This collection contains unpublished research literature (grey literature) and other items associated with research from the Department of Anthropology.
  4. Book Chapters (Anthropology)

    Title: Book Chapters (Anthropology)
    Creator: ERA Administrator
  5. Bryan/Gruhn Archaeology Collection

    Title: Bryan/Gruhn Archaeology Collection
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: The Bryan/Gruhn Archaeology Collection contains more than 10,000 prehistoric and historic objects from around the world. Artifacts include stone tools, pottery, faunal and botanical remains, and other items which help us to understand the role of material culture in past societies.