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Photo Friday

The 2011 AAA Photo Contest is a showcase of anthropology at its best. Of the 93 photos submitted, AAA members selected their favorites in each of the four categories: Practice, People, Place and Process. You can view the top 20 photos in Anthropology News. Here on the AAA blog, we featured several of the photos in a blog series, Photo Friday.

Title: The Fighting Cock
Photo Courtesy of Michael Eilenberg
Contest Category: People
Caption: 76-year-old Ringgit gently handles his prime fighting cock after dressing its wounds from a recent cockfight. For several months Ringgit’s clan had been in conflict with a neighbouring clan over ownership to a piece of forest. It was decided that the dispute should be solved through a cockfight with the winning party gaining control of the forest. Besides, from being important arenas for networking and making deals cockfights are often used by the Iban in West Kalimantan, Indonesia to settle internal disagreement and disputes. In this remote part of Indonesia where state institutions are weak, customary law still plays a crucial role in conflict settlement. West Kalimantan, Indonesia. April 2011.

Find your best photos from the last two years…the 2012 AAA Photo Contest is now open. Winning photographs will be displayed at the 111th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. View contest details.

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Photo Friday

The 2011 AAA Photo Contest is a showcase of anthropology at its best. Of the 93 photos submitted, AAA members selected their favorites in each of the four categories: Practice, People, Place and Process. You can view the top 20 photos in Anthropology News. Here on the AAA blog, we will feature several of the photos in a blog series, Photo Friday.

Title: Behind the Masks, Qoyllur Rit’i Pilgrimage
Photo Courtesy of Andrea M Heckman
Contest Category: Practice
Caption: Dancers spend a year preparing by sewing sequins and adornment on their costumes to catch the sun’s light, and are judged by the quality, weight, and cost of their costumes as well as the symbolic significance of the designs. As these unmasked supporters walk side by side with the dancers, it is clear how the masked dancers take on another persona, an identity linked to myth and tradition. The stories are lived anew each year by the dancers and for that period of ritual time and space, they become the mythical beings by staying in costume and masked for the duration of the pilgrimage. Many dancers learn to dance when children and participate for long periods of their lives.

Find your best photos from the last two years…the 2012 AAA Photo Contest is now open. Winning photographs will be displayed at the 111th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. View contest details.

Missed last week’s photo? Click here.

Photo Friday

The 2011 AAA Photo Contest is a showcase of anthropology at its best. Of the 93 photos submitted, AAA members selected their favorites in each of the four categories: Practice, People, Place and Process. You can view the top 20 photos in Anthropology News. Here on the AAA blog, we will feature several of the photos in a blog series, Photo Friday.

Title: A Miao Singer at the liu yue liu Festival
Photo Courtesy of Xianghong Feng
Contest Category: People
Caption: A Miao woman was enjoying singing at their liu yue liu Festival. The festival is held annually in Gouliang Village in western Hunan, China, sponsored by the local government. It features Miao singing competition among other Miao traditional performances. It attracts many Miao song masters and singers from western Hunan and eastern Guizhou. With a rich culture of oral traditions, singing used to be an important skill for them to communicate in their daily life, an art that is slowly disappearing due to the gradual penetrating of the market economy to their remote communities. The festival provides them a rare opportunity to put on their festival attire and show off their singing once a year. July 6, 2011.

Find your best photos from the last two years…the 2012 AAA Photo Contest is now open. Winning photographs will be displayed at the 111th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. View contest details.

Missed last week’s photo? Click here.

Photo Friday

The 2011 AAA Photo Contest is a showcase of anthropology at its best. Of the 93 photos submitted, AAA members selected their favorites in each of the four categories: Practice, People, Place and Process. You can view the top 20 photos in Anthropology News. Here on the AAA blog, we will feature several of the photos in a blog series, Photo Friday.

Title: Capac Qolla Dancer, Qoyllur Rit’i Pilgrimage
Photo Courtesy of Andrea M Heckman
Contest Category: Practice
Caption: The annual pilgrimage of Qoyllur Rit’i is sacred for people living around 20,800′ Ausangate peak in Southern Peru. Groups of supporters, called a comparsa, hike 3,000′ with the dancers carrying huge candles, costumes, food, musical instruments, and large crosses among other ritual objects. The dancers perform for up to one week in frigid alpine temperatures where they become the mythical characters they portray. Capac Qolla means “rich merchants” and these dancers have ornate costumes they prepare for one year. Ukukus, or the mythical bear characters stand all night on the glacier to have the honor to bring down a large chunk of ice to melt and drink with their dance groups.

Find your best photos from the last two years…the 2012 AAA Photo Contest is now open. Winning photographs will be displayed at the 111th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. View contest details.

Missed last week’s photo? Click here.

Photo Friday

The 2011 AAA Photo Contest is a showcase of anthropology at its best. Of the 93 photos submitted, AAA members selected their favorites in each of the four categories: Practice, People, Place and Process. You can view the top 20 photos in Anthropology News. Here on the AAA blog, we will feature several of the photos in a blog series, Photo Friday.

Title: Roots of Love
Photo Courtesy of Harjant Gill
Contest Category: People
Caption: An elderly Sikh man reflect of his past by through pictures of his family that line the shelves of his living room. Chandigarh India 2010.

Find your best photos from the last two years…the 2012 AAA Photo Contest opened April 23! Winning photographs will be displayed at the 111th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. View contest details.

Missed last week’s photo? Click here.

Photo Friday

The 2011 AAA Photo Contest is a showcase of anthropology at its best. Of the 93 photos submitted, AAA members selected their favorites in each of the four categories: Practice, People, Place and Process. You can view the top 20 photos in Anthropology News. Here on the AAA blog, we will feature several of the photos in a blog series, Photo Friday.

Title: Vaitahu Rainbow and Volleyball
Photo Courtesy of Wendy Leicht
Contest Category: Place
Caption: This photo captures residents of Vaitahu, on the island of Tahuata, resuming their volleyball game after a mid-afternoon shower. The community engages in sports, like volleyball and soccer, in an effort to both have fun and stay fit. While an overwhelming number of post-colonial island communities in the Pacific suffer from major weight problems, the community of Vaitahu promotes physical activity, like volleyball, in an effort to prevent the emergence of serious health issues, especially among the youth population. Aside from the game, the major focal point in the photograph is the Catholic Church, an institution built by the French and attended by most locals on Sunday mornings.

Start finding your best photos from the last two years…the 2012 AAA Photo Contest opens April 23! Winning photographs will be displayed at the 111th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. View contest details.

Missed last week’s photo? Click here.

Photo Friday

The 2011 AAA Photo Contest is a showcase of anthropology at its best. Of the 93 photos submitted, AAA members selected their favorites in each of the four categories: Practice, People, Place and Process. You can view the top 20 photos in Anthropology News. Here on the AAA blog, we will feature several of the photos in a blog series, Photo Friday.

Title: Luli (Roma) Girl
Photo Courtesy of Damon Lynch
Contest Category: People
Caption: For many Tajiks, Romas are probably the most disliked of all social groups. Although they constitute a tiny percentage of Tajikistan’s population, they are highly visible because they beg. Tajiks often wondered why I bothered to photograph them, let alone befriend them. This Roma girl was with two other Roma girls. One of them I had photographed the year before. When her companion and I realized we’d met before, she excitedly told the other two girls about the set of prints I had previously given her. At this point their head scarfs were immediately removed and a new set of photos requested. I was more than happy to obey. Dushanbe, Tajikistan, June 23 2011.

Start finding your best photos from the last two years…the 2012 AAA Photo Contest opens April 23! Winning photographs will be displayed at the 111th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. View contest details.

Missed last week’s photo? Click here.

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