Making Homeland (Haciendo Patria): Agrarian Change, Nationhood and Inter-Ethnic Relations at the Frontier of Colonial Expansion in Chile

By Piergiorgio Di Giminiani, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile § As are many other valleys in the southern Andean region of Chile, Coilaco was the setting of some of the last processes of colonial resettlement that followed the colonization of the indigenous Mapuche region in the late 19th century. Settlers began to migrate to this area soon after […]

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Confessions of a Reluctant Climate Project Collaborator

By Micha Rahder, Louisiana State University § Let me start with a confession: I never wanted to work on climate change. Don’t get me wrong – I am no climate change denier. But following my academic passions – first ecological and later anthropological – has historically led me to the lively entanglements of forests, not […]

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The Multispecies Life of Feral Dendezeiros: Ethnography in Motion

By Thiago Cardoso, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil § The dendezeiro (African oil palm) makes worlds. While most people know the dendezeiro as a tree fully subordinated to human design in palm oil plantations across South America and beyond, in many parts of the world these palms transform the lives of those with which […]

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Protecting Cultural Environments in Northern Wisconsin: Anthropology’s Contribution to a Tribal Initiative

By Joe Quick, with contributions from Larry Nesper § In 2012, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians engaged research specialists working in several different fields, including anthropology, the physical sciences, and law. Our assignment was to assemble a report to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about air quality on the tribe’s reservation […]

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Gathering Divergent Forest Honeys: Collections and Commodity Flows in the Philippines

By Sarah Webb, The University of Queensland, Australia § When I began researching honey collecting in the Philippines, I never anticipated that making visual collections of objects and images associated with marketing honey was going to become a powerful way of stimulating discussion about my study.  But the clues were there all along. Collections are […]

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Settler Colonial Nature in the Everglades

By Jessica R. Cattelino, University of California at Los Angeles § Americans live in a settler colonial society, and this shapes how we understand and engage nature. In the vast expanse of slow-flowing water and drained agricultural lands known as the Florida Everglades, thinking about settler colonialism helps make sense of Burmese python hunts and […]

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