INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY . . . . . . . . . . .Fall 2018

Weekly Assignments

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HE&C 8e

Week 12. Cultural Institutions I: Language

Ember textbook, Chp 10
prepare: Group Plickers Quiz on Thursday
do: online media #10 - due 5pm Fri

Anthropology Quote of the Week:

“We seldom realize that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.” ― Alan W. Watts
OM9 Online Media 10:Language Endangerment in Kenya, (Wamalwa and Oluoch, Int'l Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 2013)


Online Media 9:Classic article about ethnological fieldwork by Richard Lee,
Eating Christmas in the Kalahari (1964)


Online Media 8:
A) Crash Course: The Agricultural Revolution (11:10)

B) Crash Course: Rise of Civilization - Indus Valley (9:34)

OM7 Online Media 7:
Archaeology of the Topper, SC Paleoindian site by Time Team America (PBS, YouTube, 2014)
OM6 Online Media 6:
Archaeology of the Fremont Indians by Time Team America (PBS, YouTube, 2013)

Online Media 5:
"Understanding Race" (website, American Anthropological Association, 2006)


Online Media 5 Alternative Assignment: Interview with Trevor Noah, host of the Daily Show (from "Fresh Air" on NPR (2/18/2016)


Online Media 4:Watch "Becoming Human, Part III: Last Human Standing" (YouTube, ~52 min, 2011)


Online Media 3:
Interactive Documentary "Becoming Human"
(Donald Johannsen, 2009)

OM1 Online Media 2: Evidence for Evolution, (YouTube 11:22)

Online Media 1: Macat's "Introduction to Cultural Anthropology" (YouTube 5:26)


Recommended websites and videos:


Evolution - General

Human Evolution
Human Variation
Domestication and Civilization


Linguistics and Myth


Online Media 10:


Read the following article about the endangered first languages of Kenya and what is being done to preserve them, then answer the seven questions below:

Language Endangerment and Language Maintenance: Can Endangered Indigenous Languages of Kenya Be Electronically Preserved? by Wamalwa and Oluoch, 2013.

  1. Ninety-six percent of the world’s languages are spoken by what percentage of the world’s population?
  2. How is this last fact significant to the study and preservation of languages?
  3. What is language endangerment?
  4. What is the importance of linguistic diversity?
  5. What are some of the functions of language?
  6. Why are some urban Kenyans not able to speak or understand their first language?
  7. What measures are being taken to preserve Kenya’s first languages?

E-mail your completed assignment
TO:, with the SUBJECT: ANTH10

Due Friday, Nov 16, 5pm


Each week (except exam weeks), you will be reponsible for completing and submitting by email a weekly online media activity. This may entail doing a reading or watching a video made available online, or performing some other kind of activity. Instructions will be posted weekly right here on the webpage by Monday and will be due (by email) on Friday at 5pm of each week. You should e-mail your completed assignment to, with the a subject heading of "ANTH#" (with "#" being the number of that week's online activity, as noted above).

Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link to my email, or remove the automatic subject line heading, as activities with this subject line are automatically filtered into my email activities folder (and thus I will not see an email having to do with something else until the following week or later).

Note: I will give you 3 chances to get the subject heading correct and to not include attachments in your online media emails to me.

For example, when you sent the first online media assignment, you should have used a subject heading in the email of "ANTH1." If you wrote something else (like, for instance, "Online Media Questions 1" or "anth 1 hw"), or if you have included your assignment as an attachment, you have not paid attention to the details of the assignment instructions (details which make it crucially easier for me to organize your responses and read what you have written).

You can do this three times without penalty, but a fourth instance of not paying attention to the details will result in a 1-point reduction from your Online Media grade. For the vast majority of you who are doing it right, thank you for paying attention to the details!

- Regards, Prof Reymers


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Introduction to Anthropology - Fall 2018 - Prof. Kurt Reymers