Anthropology Stories

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the-unpopular-opinions:

I am sick to death of everyone saying “Native Americans” and glorifying us like we were all one people living in some naked nirvana talking to animals like brown Dr. Dolittles.  
NEWS FLASH: Not all of us like each other. Stop lumping us together.
We had different traditions, values, languages and culture. (The Iroquois people and the Cherokee people are VASTLY different for example.)
Some tribes had matriarchy, some patriarchy, some neither of those. 
Some Natives had a written language (Cherokee and I believe the Creek), some did not. 
Some tribes had polygamy, some did not.
They waged war and killed each other, and some hated each other— they didn’t live a utopia.
Colonialism was terrible and killed many oral tribal traditions leaving generations of native people displaced and lacking in solidity in community and identity which has led to poverty and addictions on the reservations and in displaced natives everywhere, but we are still not all the same and those of us left are keeping our cultures alive any way we can, don’t homogenize us together. 

the-unpopular-opinions:

I am sick to death of everyone saying “Native Americans” and glorifying us like we were all one people living in some naked nirvana talking to animals like brown Dr. Dolittles.  

NEWS FLASH: Not all of us like each other. Stop lumping us together.

  • We had different traditions, values, languages and culture. (The Iroquois people and the Cherokee people are VASTLY different for example.)
  • Some tribes had matriarchy, some patriarchy, some neither of those. 
  • Some Natives had a written language (Cherokee and I believe the Creek), some did not. 
  • Some tribes had polygamy, some did not.
  • They waged war and killed each other, and some hated each other— they didn’t live a utopia.

Colonialism was terrible and killed many oral tribal traditions leaving generations of native people displaced and lacking in solidity in community and identity which has led to poverty and addictions on the reservations and in displaced natives everywhere, but we are still not all the same and those of us left are keeping our cultures alive any way we can, don’t homogenize us together. 

urlannoying:

archaeologist on a dig: this fossil looks too… new. the museum might not believe i found it. *smashes fossil* much better.

(via the-pietriarchy)

mylittlerewolution:

Did you know that you can make houses out of plastic bottles? By filling them with sand, and molding them together with mud or cement, the walls created are actually bullet proof, fire proof, and will maintain an comfortable indoor temperature of 64 degrees in the summer time.

And it’s not like there is any shortage on used plastic bottles out there. Here are some statistics from treehugger.com:

“The United States uses 129.6 Million plastic bottles per day which is 47.3 Billion plastic bottles per year. About 80% of those plastic bottles end up in a landfill!”

To build a two bedroom, 1200 square foot home, it takes about 14,000 bottles.

The United States throws away enough plastic bottles to build 9257 of these 2 bedroom houses per day! That’s just over 3.35 million homes, the same number of homeless people in America.

Many people in third world countries have taken up building homes out of plastic bottles, from Africa to Asia. Perhaps the trend will catch on in America and all of those bottles will stop ending up in the landfills. Wouldn’t they be better off housing the homeless? Kinda like all those empty houses scattered all over the country?

(Source: spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com, via dannydevitosfoot)

A single tooth can tell a lot about ancient people

archaeologicalnews:

What can you learn from a single tooth? Quite a lot, actually.

University of Toronto archaeologist Susan Pfeiffer and an international team of scholars are recovering DNA as well as chemical isotopes from ancient American Indian teeth to sort out what happened in the northern Iroquoian communities of southern Ontario between the 13th and 16th centuries.

The Late Woodland period was a time of rapid cultural change in eastern North America. It extended from the dramatic collapse of the Hopewell culture about A.D. 400 to the appearance of relatively large, fortified villages that were increasingly reliant upon maize agriculture about A.D. 1000. Read more.

the-unpopular-opinions:

The quote above represents remarkable insight into one of the largest human delusions. 
Each country only exists insofar as we agree that it does.  Ownership and private property is agreed upon fiction.  So why are proud of where we are born?
National pride makes no sense.  You have no control over your country of origin, so why be proud of it?  Why fight for it?  Are you proud of your genetic predisposition for skin cancer?  People who take a lot of pride in their nationality should focus their energy on being proud of their achievements and accomplishments, not the particular chunk of land they happened to be born on.
National pride is a tool used to control people, to divide people, and to breed animosity towards others.  And to fight unnecessary wars. 

the-unpopular-opinions:

The quote above represents remarkable insight into one of the largest human delusions. 

Each country only exists insofar as we agree that it does.  Ownership and private property is agreed upon fiction.  So why are proud of where we are born?

National pride makes no sense.  You have no control over your country of origin, so why be proud of it?  Why fight for it?  Are you proud of your genetic predisposition for skin cancer?  People who take a lot of pride in their nationality should focus their energy on being proud of their achievements and accomplishments, not the particular chunk of land they happened to be born on.

National pride is a tool used to control people, to divide people, and to breed animosity towards others.  And to fight unnecessary wars. 

cognitivedissonance:

natalie-ann:

asmilinggoddess:

thefuuuucomics:

cognitivedissonance:

darthmobius:

cognitivedissonance:

I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama

LIES.
that came from taxes I paid.

Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars.
I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!
Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.



#gonna need obamacare to afford treatment for that burn jackass

what the fuck is wrong with Americans who aren’t on board with free healthcare. I’m Canadian and I don’t care that I pay extra taxes so a little boy in Alberta can have open heart surgery, or an elderly man in Nova Scotia can get the heart medication he desperately needs. It’s called taking care of your people. I’m glad I pay so that people can have a good quality of life. It’s called being a decent fucking human being.

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cognitivedissonance:

natalie-ann:

asmilinggoddess:

thefuuuucomics:

cognitivedissonance:

darthmobius:

cognitivedissonance:

I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama

LIES.

that came from taxes I paid.

Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars.

I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!

Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.

what the fuck is wrong with Americans who aren’t on board with free healthcare. I’m Canadian and I don’t care that I pay extra taxes so a little boy in Alberta can have open heart surgery, or an elderly man in Nova Scotia can get the heart medication he desperately needs. It’s called taking care of your people. I’m glad I pay so that people can have a good quality of life. It’s called being a decent fucking human being.

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lemonsweetie:

“Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity 
and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take
a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms.” - Gene Rodenberry

Images from Trekcore

(Source: lemonsweetie, via maketreknotwar)