Josué Tomasini Castro has started blogging impressions from his fieldwork among the Herero in Namibia. He is mainly interested in their culture and cosmology. Right now, he is establishing contacts and trying to learn the local language Otjiherero.
(via vrulje) Museums start blogging! It's called Eye Level and is the Smithsonian American Art Museum's blog and according their self-description "the first blog by the Smithsonian and one of just a handful of museum sites in the blogosphere".
Their hope is that their blog "hosts a vital conversation among artists, curators, collectors, and enthusiasts on a broad range of subjects related to American art":
Over the long term, Eye Level will look at both art and museums, offering the kind of close examination that new media affords, in part simply to find out how new media can enhance the museum's role.
Especially interesting from an anthropological point of view:
(...) To cite the old cliché, the eye is the window to the soul. If art is a window to a culture, Eye Level is a way to take it in.
The website of one of the best online anthropology journals Anthropology Matters has been down for about a week now ("404 Page Not Found"). Let's hope that this isn't the end for this journal!
UPDATE (30.11.05): Now, the site is up again!
In the 19th century, lots of Norwegians emigrated to America. Among them, there were many Sami people. Today, there's still a large community of Sami in Northern America. The Sami Siida of North America is the single active representative of the Sami culture in North America. The organization maintains an observer seat on the International Sami Council and promotes the revival of cultural awareness in North America. On their blog they inform us on Sami issues both in America and Northern Europe
An extinct fishing village, the Polish flats, German Heritage, the Homeless of Southeastern Winsconsin, and the African American neighborhood of Bronzeville: Anthropologists offer Cultural backstreet tours! (source).
These tours are arranged by Urban Anthropology Inc. (UrbAn), an American non-profit organization, "a community based membership association dedicated to the celebration of cultural diversity and a holistic approach to urban problem-solving". Their website provides lots of information incl presentation of the tour guides and their study on homeless people
In August, I've set up www.antropologi.info/blog - a kind of anthropology newspaper, an overview over anthropology blogs (and related blogs) (written in English) with their most recent posts on one page.
Now I've set up an alternative version that shows the most recents entries of all blogs in a chronological order. So it's easier to see what's new. This site even produces a RSS-feed and there are categories. Blog entries are searchable. Only the headlines are shown (in order to encourage people to visit and comment the original source), but the contents of the blog are stored and can therefore be searched.
The site is updated every four hours.
I've tested the site only for a few days, so it's still somehow "beta". I hope I haven't forgotten any blogs. More will be added. As always, comments are welcome.
For anthropology-only blogs see www.antropologi.info/feeds/anthropology
(I can't get Xirdaliums feed (cyberanthropology) to get fetched. According the error message, the feed is "malformed" - Maybe I'll get it working later)
PS: The new site is powered by a new Open Source RSS-reader called Gregarius. It is very easy to set up. Requires MySql and is updated via cron. As my webhost doesn't provide this, I use the free webbased cron service Cronjob.de . Alternatives: Webcron.org and Cronjob4you.
Estonian anthropologist Janno Simm has his own website with several exciting photos from his fieldwork in Northern Khanty fishing and reindeer communities in Siberia. You can even listen to two Khanty songs.
In his text Reflections on Ethnographic Photographing, he states, that "the best pictures depict the relationship between the ethnographer and the local subjects".