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)

Indigenous games

Anthropology: Eight Indigenous Games that Shape Cultural Identity in Soweto

The following eight indigenous games played in Soweto, passed through culture, help children shape identity. Through these games, different skills are acquired. Meeting my childhood friends recently at the baby shower in Kagiso, a township next to Soweto, brought back memories … Continue reading Anthropology: Eight Indigenous Games that Shape Cultural Identity in Soweto

Painting of Sequoyah (circa 1770–1843), inventor of the Cherokee syllabary.

Unpacking Linguistic Imperialism and Protecting Indigenous Languages

Linguistic imperialism refers to prejudicial or oppressive treatment based on how an individual uses language (such as accents, phrasing, code-switching, loan words, and colloquialisms). Examples of this can be seen in specific work settings, education systems, and marketing. Members of … Continue reading Unpacking Linguistic Imperialism and Protecting Indigenous Languages

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