INTRO TO ANTHROPOLOGY - Shannon 102 - Spring 2019

Weekly Assignments

Other Info

HE&C 8e
Week 13. Apr 23, 25: Cultural Institutions II: Trade -
Food Production and Economics

read: Lavenda textbook, Chapter 11
prepare: Group Plickers Quiz on Thursday
: online media #B1 - due no later than 5pm Fri


The Plickers Quiz Golden Point$

Anthropology Quote of the Week:

"I know you think you are being generous, but the foundation of gift giving is reciprocity. You haven't given me a gift. You've given me an obligation... The essence of the custom is that I now have to go out and purchase for you a gift of commensurate value and representing the same perceived level of friendship as that represented by the gift you've given me. It's no wonder suicide rates skyrocket this time of year." - Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

OM9 Online Media B1: Reciprocity and the Power of Giving, by Lee Cronk

Online Media 10:
Is There a Family? New Anthropo-logical Views, by Collier, Rosaldo and Yanagisako


Online Media 9:Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain, feat. Stephen Pinker, Big Think, 2012

OM7 Online Media 8: Everything You Wanted To Know About Culture But
Were Afraid To A
sk Dr. Saba F. Sabdar, TEDxGuelphU
OM6 Online Media 7:
Watch Guns, Germs and Steel, Part 1, feat. Jared Diamond
(Source: National Geographic, 2005)
OM6 Online Media 6:
Watch this video of the archaeology of the Fremont Indians by Time Team America (PBS 2012)

Online Media 5:
Watch PBS Eons: The Two People We're All Related To (PBS Eons, YouTube, ~10 min, 2018)

OM3 Online Media 4: Watch PBS NOVA's"Becoming Human, Part III" (YouTube, ~52 min, 2014)
OM2 Online Media 3: Watch In Search of Human Origins (1999, 69 min, Discovery Channel)

Online Media 2: Evidence for Evolution from (YouTube 11:22)
due Feb 1


Online Media 1: Macat's "Introduction to Anthropology"


Recommended websites and videos:


Evolution - General

Human Evolution

Human Variation

Domestication and Civilization

Anthropological Linguistics

Endangered Cultures


Online Media B1


Read the following article about practices of reciprocity and answer the following questions:Reciprocity and the Power of Giving, by Lee Cronk

1. Explain where the term “Indian-giving” came from and why.

2. How has gift giving in some societies come to serve as a substitute for war? Describe a culture that has a “war of wealth” instead of a “war of blood”.

3. What is a modern-day example of reciprocity that the author discusses?

E-mail your completed assignment
TO:, with the SUBJECT: ANTHB1

Due Friday, April 26 5pm

Online media assignments are graded on a pass (1)/fail (0) basis. See the Grades webpage for results.

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 and further instances 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

The online media assignments:

Each week, excepting exam weeks (see the course schedule) 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).


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Introduction to Anthropology - Spring 2019 - Prof. Kurt Reymers