WEEK 2 AT TMSE – ETHNOGRAPHY By Rochelle Williamson

 

Tuesday, we focused our discussion on the subject of Ethnography. The students were very energetic and engaged throughout the class period and learned that Ethnography is very important for the field of Anthropology. Students learned that it is through the process of Ethnography that Anthropologists learn more about different cultures.

Photo from Wikipedia
Photo from Wikipedia

Our discussion began with learning the definition of “Anthropology” by separating the word into two words. “Anthropos,” which is a Greek word meaning humans and “Logos,” which is a Greek word meaning the study of. Students were able to clearly see that Anthropology is the study of humans. Next, we reviewed the four areas of Anthropology as discussed during Week #1 at TMSE.

Students learned the Anthropologists study people from all over the world, including people who lived long ago and people living now. Since Brazil is the theme country for TMSE this semester, students were shown various pictures of cultures within this amazing South American country. Students were instructed that through Ethnography, Anthropologists can conduct their fieldwork to learn about Brazilian culture. They learned that fieldwork consisted of living with a culture for at least a year and partaking in the various daily activities of the culture they are studying. It was stressed that an Anthropologist tries to learn as much as possible about a particular culture by asking questions and writing down what they learn.  

For the classroom activity each student was paired with another student from a different clan. Students were allowed to become true Ethnographers. After interviewing their respective clan member, each student was given the opportunity to tell the entire class what they had learned about their newly found clan member. All students appeared to have enjoyed themselves and mastered the art of Ethnography. I enjoyed teaching Ethnography to this class!  

 

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