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Anthropology in a climate of change, war, and internecine environments 2

[In process]
Part 1**

Part 2*** From a follow-up to the newslist discussion about anthropology and climate change–

Q. “So…what can we do to solve this problem? Can we think like engineers?”

Please, don’t. Not even anthropological engineers. For example, see this — Continue reading

Anthropology in a climate of change, war, and internecine environments 1

[In process]

Part 1**
Part 2*** [separate post]

* Background

I think there is a need for anthropological perspective in any issue of human existence.

It is a sad irony that the discipline (science) which is most comprehensive and fundamental (science is a human activity and the basic science of human activity is anthropology) has often seemed through its profession association to be narrowly focussed and consequently irrelevant.

Last month, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) accompanied the chairwoman of the Disaster Recovery subcommittee, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to another hearing, in Anchorage, about the few places in Alaska designated for US Army Corps of Engineers environmental management [sic].

The anthropologists are about to have their annual conference in Washington DC and will be exercised about the U.S. Army recruiting anthropologists (Human Terrain Systems). On the other hand, Barack Obama is hip to Margaret Mead “Obama demonstrated that he understood the reasons why America for decades (think of the Bay of Pigs invasion) has made gravely serious national security decisions based on laughably inaccurate intelligence.”

Meanwhile, none of our western Alaska or Mississippi deltas is taken seriously. “Rush Limbaugh adds Alaskan to polarizing efforts.”

The best the state of Alaska has done so far is issue an official pass to a non-existent mass disease shelter in the region’s pandemic preparedness exercise this year (flu shot clinic).

I think if Governor Palin actually had a scientific advisor to her environmental sub-cabinet especially from rural Alaska or if Landrieu and Stevens could earmark enough funding out of the millions for the Corps mission in Alaska to pay for scientific support for the Unorganized Borough [over half of Alaska’s area, 970,500 km² (374,712 square miles), an area larger than France and Germany combined], this actually would be more effective than the endless photo-op and news stories about polar bears without ice.

How do we bring attention to the need for comprehensive analysis, assessment, and action on environmental change? No one would think of building a levee without an engineer, why are we doing relocation and reconstruction of communities — in Alaska and Louisiana / Mississippi — without a human scientist / human ecologist (anthropologist)?

[This analogy would work better if I didn’t already know that someone in DC thought of managing emergencies with a horse show announcer.] At the very least we need to aggregate the existing knowledge that we know full well must be included, whether for a northern or a southern delta.

It may not be a direct plus for NOLA– my records precede Katrina and I read Voices of New Orleans. If all the people and power and money there can’t get trailers that the Feds are allowed to inspect — but I think the imaginative scale in Alaska would be easier to actually test many of these concepts and approaches.

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Costs higher than thought

Hospital costs for children with flu may be higher than thought

E Holomoana Käkou I Mua” – Nutes tai dathl ~ To Journey Forward Together

This looks to be a very interesting opportunity in Alaska to find out more about civic groups in Hawai’i and their work on grassroots organization and governance, tradition, sustainability and development, education, and fun. The convention is for registered participants. However, there is a public open house on the evening of the 16th. I put a listing of the workshops and speakers at the bottom in order to give you an idea of the interests of the organization.


October 14 – 19, 2007
Hilton Anchorage – Alaska Ballroom
“E Holomoana Käkou I Mua” – Nutes tai dathl ~ To Journey Forward Together

The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs is a confederation of fifty-two (52) Hawaiian Civic Clubs located throughout the State of Hawai`i and in the States of Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, Utah, Virginia and Washington State.

We are the oldest community based grass roots Hawaiian organization in Hawai`i, having been formed in 1918 by the then non-voting Delegate to the United States Congress Prince Jonah Kühiö Kalaniana`ole. We are the only Hawaiian organization to have branch clubs outside the State of Hawai`i.

Our objectives are to take an active interest in the civic, economic, health and social welfare of our community; to support programs of benefit to the people of Hawaiian ancestry; to provide a forum for full discussion of all matters of public interest; to honor, fulfill, protect, preserve and cherish all sources, customs, rights and records of the Native Hawaiian ancient traditions, nä `oli a me nä mele, cemetery areas and the historic sites of Native Hawaiians.

Hawai’i kapa cloth border

    Open to the Public– October 16, 2007 (Tuesday)
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Hilton Anchorage

    Hoike Lima Hana Noeau featuring Native Hawaiian Arts & Crafts

  • Hawaiian Games
  • Lauhala Weaving
  • Flower and Ti-Leaf Lei
  • Ipu/Gourd Craft
  • Hawaiian Ulu`uli and Hula
  • Ti Leaf Uses

Speakers and sessions scheduled
Mayor Mark Begich
Ms. Julie E. Kitka, President, Alaska Federation of Natives
Dr. Verlie Ann Malina-Wright, President, National Indian Education Association
Mr. Byron Mallott, Senior Fellow, Alaska Native Policy Center, First Alaskans
Ms. Dee Jay Mailer, Chief Executive Officer, Kamehameha Schools
Mr. Ben Henderson, Deputy to the Chairman, Hawaiian Homes Commission
Mr. Carl Nahua Rose, Executive Director, Association of Alaska School Boards
Mr. Puakea Nogelmeier, Education and Hawaiian Cultural Specialist
Mr. Clyde Namuo, Administrator, Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Ms. Katherine Gottlieb, President & CEO, Southcentral Foundation
Ms. Malia Nobrega, Educator, Media and Technology Specialist, Advocate for Indigenous Peoples Rights
Workshop: Genealogy
Workshop: A Native Warrior Speaks
Workshop: He Inoa No E Kalaniana‘ole Hula Workshop
Workshop: Government 101
Workshop: Alaska Native Healer
Workshop: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Workshop: Business Development for Civic Clubs
Workshop: Nohona Hawaii: Cultural Vibrancy in a Contemporary World
Workshop: 21st Century Challenges: Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability
Workshop: Nana I Hawai‘i Ko‘u Mau Maka
Workshop: Culture in the Boardroom: A Huaka‘i
Workshop: Kahili: Standards of Royalty
Workshop: Ho‘ike Lima Hana No‘eau Sponsored by the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association
Workshop: Na Mele Hawaii Ho‘oheno, Favorite Hawaiian Songs
Government Relations Committee Presenter: The Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act
Benefits & Trusts Committee Presenter: Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan
Workshop: Ka Mo‘olelo O Hi‘iakaikapoliopele
Workshop: Native Hawaiian Assets
Workshop: Native Hawaiian Assets
Workshop: Owning a Native Health Care System
Workshop: Nationhood: Ho‘opaepae: Building The Nation From the Ground Up
Workshop: Hawai‘i Maoli: Helping Hawaiians to Build Strong and Healthy Communities

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Sources of indigenous peoples info from Librarians’ Internet Index

LII is such a great resource, available through RSS feed.

Librarians’ Internet Index: New This Week New and newly-discovered Web sites for librarians and everyone else, updated every Thursday morning. See more resources on our site

  • CBC News In Depth: Aboriginal Canadians
  • News and feature stories about Canada’s aboriginal population of Indians, Métis, and Inuit, which “is about 1.5 million people, spanning the nation and bordering three oceans.” Topics include aboriginal history, land claims, leaders, residential schools, aboriginal people and the Canadian military, and more. Includes a FAQ on aboriginal Canadians, photos, and statistics. From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
  • Australian Indigenous People Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Inhabitants of Australia Extensive collection of links to websites related to indigenous populations in Australia. Topics include biographies, art and artists, writers, community leaders, music, politicians, athletes, culture, history, language, reconciliation, land rights, sacred sites, and more. From the P.L. Duffy Resource Centre, Trinity College, Western Australia.
  • Indigenous Australia
    “This site explores Indigenous Australia through storytelling, cultures and histories. … You can also use this site to find out about the Indigenous Australia exhibition at the Australian Museum.” Features timelines, audio and video clips of stories from the cultures of indigenous Australians, a virtual tour of the museum exhibit (may not work in all browsers), and essays about cultural heritage, spirituality, family, land, and social justice. From the Australian Museum.
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