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November 28, 2011

Anthropology program invites Cowley community to first expo


On Thursday, December 1 between 5:30 and 7 p.m. in the Earle N. Wright Community Room, the Anthropology Program at Cowley College will host their first-ever exposition of student projects and activities.

The centerpiece of the expo will be a display of ethnographic artifacts researched and prepared by museum practicum students Yvonne Richards and Amanda Morrow. The artifacts, collectively called the Harper Collection, were personally collected by a US Navy sailor in Kenya, Haiti and the south Pacific island of New Caledonia during the 1940s and 50s. Items include ceremonial shell belts used in New Caledonian social exchanges, a beaded Maasai bridal collar and religious items from Haiti. The Harper Collection will remain on display for an as-yet undetermined time in the Wright Room, until a more permanent location can be found after the first of the year.

There will also be brief presentations at 6 p.m. by student researchers Kirsten Shephard on the cross-cultural definition and appearance of mental disorders, and Manuel Olivas on the origin and spread of hip-hop culture and related arts. Students from the linguist anthropology course will give a brief demonstration of gun’r’, the artificial language they have constructed this semester, and there will be displays of student activities in bio-physical anthropology, archaeology and cultural anthropology. In addition, the percussion ensemble Temporal Mechanics Union will provide rhythmic background music from cultures around the world.

All members of the Cowley community and public at large are invited to drop in on this informal event. Light refreshments will be available.