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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: Shaman Show
Photo Courtesy of Brian Donahoe
Contest Category: Practice
Caption: A row of shamans chants in unison at the opening of a tailgan, a public sacrifice and festival performed annually or seasonally at a sacred site to renew solidarity between a community and its local spirits. This tailgan, organized at Bukha-Noyon, a sacred site in Tunkinskii District, Buriatiia (Russia) as part of the symposium and festival “Psychophysiology and Social Adaptation of (Neo)Shamans in the Past and Present,” attracted artists, shamans, scholars, and tourists from around the world and offered participants the possibility of ‘addressing shamans channeling the spirits of the ancestors with your questions and problems.’

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.

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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: Mothers of a Naming Ceremony in the Gambia
Photo Courtesy of Flordeliz Bugarin
Contest Category: People
Caption: To celebrate their children, the Jabang family hosted a Naming Ceremony. This Mandinka Naming Ceremony involved dancing throughout the night, music, and a visit from the Kankurang (a masked dancer who is covered in leaves).

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 this blog series, Photo Friday.

Title: Agrarian Frontiers
Photo Courtesy of Michael Eilenberg
Contest Category: Place
Caption: Iban day labours, planting seedlings for a rapidly expanding oil palm plantation industry in Indonesian Borneo. In this forested corner of Indonesia the Iban has traditionally practiced swidden cultivation. Recently however these frontier areas of ‘unexploited’ lands and immense forest resources have been gazetted for large-scale state sponsored plantation schemes triggered by global demands for agricultural intensification. Within this developing plantation economy, the cash poor Iban embrace the immediate benefits of local employment. However, fears of exclusion from the long-term benefits of agriculture schemes and increased localized resource conflicts are immense. West Kalimantan, Indonesia. March 2011.

 

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 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.

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: 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!

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 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!

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 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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