Category Archives: anthropology

Finnish Baby Buggy Bumper: Finland’s “Maternity Package” as Cultural Heritage

In 1938, the Finnish government introduced the Maternity Grants Act.  That year, Finland’s expectant mothers each received a baby shower of supplies for their newborn.  All-weather clothing, health and hygiene products, bedding, a toy–these were some of life’s bare necessities … Continue reading

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Repatriation: inevitable conflict, endless debate

Dr. Robert Kelly, an anthropology professor at the University of Wyoming, submitted a short opinion piece (“Bones of Contention,” Dec. 12, 2010) to the New York Times in which he argues for the repeal of the latest NAGPRA Regulations on … Continue reading

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Repatriation: inevitable conflict, endless debate

Photo: Nicholas Merkelson Dr. Robert Kelly, an anthropology professor at the University of Wyoming, submitted a short opinion piece (“Bones of Contention,” Dec. 12, 2010) to the New York Times in which he argues for the repeal of the latest … Continue reading

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Culture in Peril is back!

Over the past two months I was writing my Cultural Heritage Studies master’s dissertation at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Below is the abstract. Welcome back to Culture in Peril! In November of this year we will celebrate … Continue reading

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Museum Collecting Guide as Cultural Heritage

Today I was given a copy of the 1977 Guide to Field Collecting of Ethnographic Specimens, an information leaflet written by the late William C. Sturtevant, Curator of North American Ethnology at the National Museum of Natural History. For a Smithsonian publication, … Continue reading

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