September 24th, 2013: Garbology

In this week’s lesson the students got to dig around in garbage! Clans were combined in order to form two groups and each group was given a giant bag of trash. The students were asked to sort the “artifacts” into categories and answer the following questions about the people their trash might have come from … Continue reading “September 24th, 2013: Garbology”

September 17th, 2013: Ethnography

For our second meeting, the students broke into their clans again and reviewed their clan characteristic they had created last week. Then each clan had to designate an “ethnographer” that would travel to another clan to learn about their culture and create an ethnography. Ethnography is the way anthropologists study and teach others about different … Continue reading “September 17th, 2013: Ethnography”

September 10th, 2013: Create a Clan

For our first meeting of the semester the students were split up into groups of three and created their own clan. A clan is a group of people who share a common ancestor, real or mythical. The students also learned the following concepts: culture, totem, rite of passage, and symbol and applied them in the … Continue reading “September 10th, 2013: Create a Clan”