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Check Out These Incredible Recreations Of Ornate Native American Masks

In addition to being an incredibly resourceful and hardy people, the Native Americans were deeply spiritual and always creative. These masks were given as gifts and used for ceremonial purposes. Many Native American tribes believed that their clan, their ancestors, and even their own souls were represented by and embodied with a spirit animal, which they would carve into these beautiful handcrafted masks.

Source: Imgur

I don’t usually do this, but this set off a nerve and I feel is symptomatic of an issue that comes up on this tag every so often. 

To point:

Check Out These Incredible Recreations Of Ornate Native American Masks These aren’t recreations, they’re contemporary works by living artists. 

In addition to being an incredibly resourceful and hardy people, the Native Americans were deeply spiritual and always creative. Essentializing native people with broad stereotypes is offensive, even if they are “positive” stereotypes. 

These masks were given as gifts and used for ceremonial purposes. Many Native American tribes believed that their clan, their ancestors, and even their own souls were represented by and embodied with a spirit animal, which they would carve into these beautiful handcrafted masks. If you’re talking about the entirety of North America, no, that’s completely untrue. If you’re talking about the Pacific Northwest, then this is somewhat closer to the reality. But referring to all Native Americans with a broad brush goes back to point two. Stereotypes are harmful, untrue, and frankly make for bad blog copy. 

Source: Imgur  If you are going to post in the anthropology tag please be respectful to the people you’re posting about. Giving credit to the place you found these images online was good etiquette, but whoever made that album went through the trouble of labeling each image with that name of the piece, the name of the artist and their tribal affiliation, so there’s less of an excuse for ignoring that information.

30 seconds of googling the name of the first artist, Tom D. Hunt or Watawidi, Kwakwaka´wakw ( Kwagiulth), brought me here, to the gallery that is selling these works as contemporary Native art.

The Spirit Bear Mask by Mr Hunt is for sale at $6,500. Referring to these objects as #artifacts and, more offensively #curiosities, is dismissive to the artists who make them, insensitive to the history of colonization, and lazy blogging.

Every once and a while I see posts that paint with a very broad brush on this tag. Anthropology is fun, and its exciting in big part because its about something new you may never has seen before. But its a disservice to the people who are being represented and to the people creating this content to not fairly represent the people you’re writing about for the sake of using an interesting image. 

I’m not trying to write a sassy tumblr style take down, but I feel like I should make this point before we see a surge of new anthropology posts in the fall. Thank you. 

…and now back to Neanderthal Week.

The description of their spiritual life is condescending as well. It’s like saying Catholics worship statues.

amnhnyc
amnhnyc:

Fishing Spider 
Large fishing spiders like this one often sit on the shoreline and rest their front legs on the surface of the water. They are trying to sense vibrations from prey, perhaps insects or small fish. When something does get close, the spider pounces.
The fishing spider is speckled with yellow and gray and covered in brown hairs. Its leg span can reach four or five inches (10-12 cm), tip to tip.
Family: Pisauridae Nursery-web spiders
Species Range: Southeast U.S.
Habitat: Terrestrial; often along the water’s edge
Should you worry? Only if you’re an insect, or maybe a small fish.
See this spider in person in the exhibition Spiders Alive! open now. 

amnhnyc:

Fishing Spider 

Large fishing spiders like this one often sit on the shoreline and rest their front legs on the surface of the water. They are trying to sense vibrations from prey, perhaps insects or small fish. When something does get close, the spider pounces.

The fishing spider is speckled with yellow and gray and covered in brown hairs. Its leg span can reach four or five inches (10-12 cm), tip to tip.

Family: Pisauridae Nursery-web spiders

Species Range: Southeast U.S.

Habitat: Terrestrial; often along the water’s edge

Should you worry? Only if you’re an insect, or maybe a small fish.

See this spider in person in the exhibition Spiders Alive! open now. 

historical-nonfiction

historical-nonfiction:

Caral-Supe, one of the great cradles of civilization. It arose near when the more famous ones in China and Mesopotamia did, around 2600 BCE. Caral-Supe, on the coast of modern-day Peru, grew thanks to the abundance of the sea. In this it was unique — other “cradles” were based on newly invented agiculture. Caral-Supe had monuments of stone. It had a writing system made of textiles. It did not have ceramics. Or decorations of any kind. I suppose it’s hard to invent something like drawing if no one has ever thought of it before.

Textiles are by definition “decorative”

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lafemmederaisin:

Re-purposing material can be fun.  Just take this black and white printed fabric for example.  It used to be a bed skirt that sat and sat and sat in a pile of other unused linens.  Now it’s several Plush Archaeology kits and Plush Archaeology totes.  Look up my store AnthroEstranged on Etsy and check out all my goodies.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnthroEstranged?ref=si_shop

This is too adorable. I have TWO archaeology friends having babies soon, this might have to be bought in bulk… 

Baby’s first fossil!

anthrocity:

lafemmederaisin:

Re-purposing material can be fun.  Just take this black and white printed fabric for example.  It used to be a bed skirt that sat and sat and sat in a pile of other unused linens.  Now it’s several Plush Archaeology kits and Plush Archaeology totes.  Look up my store AnthroEstranged on Etsy and check out all my goodies.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnthroEstranged?ref=si_shop

This is too adorable. I have TWO archaeology friends having babies soon, this might have to be bought in bulk… 

Baby’s first fossil!

historical-nonfiction

historical-nonfiction:

The Church of Scientology has been active in Germany since 1970.It currently has 4,000 adherents (according to the German government) and 12,000 (according to the Church of Scientology). However, Scientology occupies a precarious legal and social position. The German government considers it an…

Scientology was created one boozy night in an Ohio basement by L. Ron Hubbard and a fellow sci-fi writer named Smith as a way to secure a steady income.