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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 this blog series, Photo Friday.

Title: Changing Times
Photo Courtesy of Aleksandra Wierucka
Contest Category: Process
Caption: The Indian woman talks on her cellular phone on the steps of the Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple in Singapore. Anthropologist stays anthropologist in everyday situations. The picture was taken during the break from international scientific conference in Singapore, during the walk in Little India, the Indian part of the city. Used to the practice of not disturbing sacred places, I took the picture through the opening in the fence as I was taken by the colors, the grace of the Indian woman, the highly traditional surroundings and the very modern technology in use. The picture shows how all of this can coexist and complete each other.

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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: Mortification
Photo Courtesy of Brian Brazeal
Contest Category: People
Caption: This man is an educated, successful and established gemstone trader. The last time I saw him he was singing, sweating and bleeding as a large gentleman pulled out his beard and mustache, grabbing large hanks of hair, yanking them free from his face and rubbing ash on the affected roots. Why? A religious reputation is crucial to success because the emerald business is conducted in cash. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are committed among traders without even a handshake. You can only get this kind of credit if you are recognized as devout. Self-mortification is vivid proof of piety. People are happy to entrust thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of gems and debts to this man’s care.

Look for details on the 2012 AAA Photo Contest in late April!

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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 this blog series, Photo Friday.

Title: Place Jemaa el Fna—Arret sur
Photo Courtesy of Maryse Morin
Contest Category: Practice
Caption: This photography seems to beg to ask: In what space and time is this taking place? Is this a Rembrandt? A Delacroix? Or is it photography? While the bird’s eye view participate in questioning the form, for the acute eye, this “arret sur image” reveals objects and actions conjugated at the present tense superposing past and actual practices where transit locals, nomads and tourists. Time is being stopped in a multi-layered storytelling of immaterial quality. The place is “Jemaa el Fna,” declared by UNESCO Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. In my visual anthropology practice, I am particularly interested in drawing from interstice places where emerge and overlay more than one reality.

Look for details on the 2012 AAA Photo Contest in late April!

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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 this blog series, Photo Friday.

Title: Multi-Faith Souvenir Stall
Photo Courtesy of Noel B. Salazar
Contest Category: Place
Caption: Suharyono doesn’t have religious preferences. Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist and folk religion trinkets have a place at his modest souvenir stall next to Prambanan Temple, a ninth century Hindu compound in Central Java, Indonesia. He sells miniatures of Prambanan’s main temples and some of the statues inside, and similar mementos for Borobudur, the neighboring eighth century Buddhist monument. After Prambanan was damaged during an earthquake in 2006, the world heritage site has had a hard time reaching the visitor numbers it used to attract. Having lost a sizeable percentage of their income, shop owners like Suharyono are desperate to sell something, anything. “Cheap price my priend!”
(Prambanan, Central Java, Indonesia; 30 July 2011)

Look for details on the 2012 AAA Photo Contest in late April!

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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 this blog series, Photo Friday.

Title: No Fate
Photo Courtesy of Alissa Jordan
Contest Category: People
Caption: A female patient considers her future as the first songs ring out for a seven-day magical treatment in rural Haiti. The Oungan prepares remedies for the patient’s present misfortunes just as he helps direct her future using magical bundles. “How much of the future can I change? All of it. Spirits can be convinced to do anything God won’t. So I pray to him, I give food to the Lwa, and sometimes I tell people to go to the hospital.” Delle, a local Mambo, reflects on securing multiple paths to a proper course of treatment. The future, just like any other roadblock to life, can be overcome with the artistry and expertise of the peristil.

Look for details on the 2012 AAA Photo Contest in late April!

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: Sun Shines through the Drums of Buryat Shamans Taking Part in a Tajlagan Ritual
Photo Courtesy of Aleksandra Wierucka
Contest Category: Practice
Caption: During research conducted in Buryatia, on the Olkhon Island on the Lake Bajkal (Russia), we had a chance to observe the work of Buryat shamans, mostly the ones belonging to a Tengeri group, as the ones on the picture, but also the ones that practice their art in tiny villages and do not want to talk to strangers. Our research was made possible by the fact that our country’s history is similar to the history of Buryatia and people, including shamans, wanted to talk to us as they would not talk to researchers from other parts of the world. We were tracing the recent changes in shamanistic practices in Buryatia.

Look for details on the 2012 AAA Photo Contest in late April!

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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 this blog series, Photo Friday.

Urban Saci Graffiti in São Paulo, Brazil by Reighan Gillam

Title: Urban Saci Graffiti in São Paulo, Brazil
Photo Courtesy of Reighan Gillam
Contest Category: Place
Caption: Saci is an Afro-Brazilian folkloric character commonly depicted standing on one leg, smoking a pipe, and wearing a red cap. He is nationally renowned as a trickster and the protagonist of minor pranks. Appearing on the outside of a commercial building in the centro district in Sao Paulo, this graffiti art reinterprets Saci within the context of urban life and critiques Brazilian racism. It visually illuminates the contradiction between Saci as an endearing figure of national sentiment and a potential threat should he physically appear in the street, where police would probably subject him to the scrutiny, harassment, and violence meted out to many Afro-Brazilians on a daily basis.

Look for details on the 2012 AAA Photo Contest in late April!

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 the blog series, Photo Friday.

Shaping an Earthen Pot by Doranne Jacobson

Title: Shaping an Earthen Pot
Photo Courtesy of Doranne Jacobson
Contest Category: People
Caption: A village potter creates a water storage vessel, continuing a subcontinental tradition of more than 4,000 years. His young son looks on, starting to learn skills passed from father to son for untold generations. India’s potter castes proudly bear the title Prajapati, or Lord of Creatures, reflecting their ability to transform ordinary clay into essential household and ritual vessels as well as sacred images. Today, however, increasing use of plastic and tin containers is putting many potters out of business. This potter’s brother works as a van driver, and his son may not be able to earn a living practicing their ancestral occupation. Nimkhera, Madhya Pradesh, India, March, 2010.

Look for details on the 2012 AAA Photo Contest in late April!

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 new blog series, Photo Friday.

"Hay un Comprador" by Ariela Zycherman

Title: Hay un Comprador
Photo Courtesy of Ariela Zycherman
Contest Category: Process
Caption: Tsimane’ men construct and load rafts, bi-monthly, to transport and sell plantains. Demand for plantains in the Beni region has impacted the growth of Tsimane’ suppliers, as traders now regularly target Tsimane’ agriculturalists by sending weekly messages over the radio, traveling up and down the river, and bringing large trucks to the central river port. Tsimane’ now spend more time and area cultivating plantains for sale and household consumption. The development of the plantain industry has created a steadier cash flow for Tsimane’, who are becoming increasingly more reliant on marketplace commodities as forest resources are depleted and interactions with outsiders are more frequent.

Look for details on the 2012 AAA Photo Contest in late April!

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 new blog series, Photo Friday.

Dinka in Chains by Jeffery Deal

Title: Dinka in Chains
Photo Courtesy of Jeffery Deal
Contest Category: Practice
Caption: Dinka Agaar systems of justice still utilizes routine flogging, confinement, and confiscation of property. These men were chained together during a political conflict and photographed while we administered vaccines.

Look for details on the 2012 AAA Photo Contest in late April!

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