Cueva de las Manos along the Río Pinturas in Argentina's Patagonia.

Anthropology: Teachings From Ancient Rock Art in South America

Introduction Despite centuries of research conducted around the world into early human culture, many mysteries remain engraved in ancient South American rock art. Dozens of questions continue to go unanswered for archeologists. Luckily for them, they still have so much … Continue reading Anthropology: Teachings From Ancient Rock Art in South America

Mapuche women partaking in a traditional ceremony

The Prolonged Struggle for Indigenous Groups in Argentina

Societal Challenges for Argentina’s Indigenous People Every couple hundred people in Argentina comprise at least one indigenous person, whether they hail from the forests of Misiones, the lowlands of the Pampas, or the deserts of Patagonia. Putting cultural and geographical … Continue reading The Prolonged Struggle for Indigenous Groups in Argentina

The Inti Raymi festival in Cusco celebrates the sun god of the Inca Empire.

Anthropology: Modern Quechuan Culture and Its Ties to the Inca

Culture of the Quechua The Quechuan people do not simply descend from the Inca. Moreover, they originate from well before the Tahuantinsuyo, or Inca Empire, first gained power in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. And they have only continued to … Continue reading Anthropology: Modern Quechuan Culture and Its Ties to the Inca

Some of the original Welsh settlers in Patagonia who arrived on the Mimosa and are pictured here around 1890.

How the Welsh Preserved Their Language and Culture in Patagonia

A Look at Argentina’s Patagonian Welsh Communities Buenos Aires, Argentina’s sprawling Atlantic metropolis, captivates visitors with its blend of French, Italian, and Spanish architecture and cuisine. Patagonia, in contrast, hosts a more unusual culture in its vast and once barren … Continue reading How the Welsh Preserved Their Language and Culture in Patagonia

El Baile del Palo Volador takes place in Chichi for the festival of St. Thomas, the town's patron saint.

Anthropology: Guatemala’s Most Spectacular Festivals and Local Indigenous Traditions

Colonial History and Local Indigenous Traditions Guatemalan festivals raise the bar for Latin American celebrations by infusing both Christian and Mayan traditions with captivating art, mouth-watering food, innovative performances, and death-defying acts. Despite the everlasting mark of the colonial era, … Continue reading Anthropology: Guatemala’s Most Spectacular Festivals and Local Indigenous Traditions

Rongorongo inscription on wooden tablet.

Anthropology: Easter Island’s Undeciphered Writing System (Rongorongo)

Rongorongo Despite all that is known about the Rapa Nui of Easter Island, who continue to live in their thousands, a series of uniquely inscribed tablets taken from the island over 100 years ago remains minimally interpreted and largely unfathomable. … Continue reading Anthropology: Easter Island’s Undeciphered Writing System (Rongorongo)