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COMPLETE Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Notes: Part 6 [90% on final]

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Department
Anthropology
Course
CAS AN 101
Professor
All Professors
Semester
Fall

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From the Field: Mozambique 12/06/2012 Former Portuguese colony, surrounded by English country Niassa province Called “end of the world” Very remote 500 miles of paved roads most people don’t go there on lake Malawi Metangula Largest city along the lake shore District capital 10,000 people police force, naval base How she found a fieldsite Through luck: professor was creating a museum for artifacts there Museum studies student Logistics of opening a museum: make it more than just archeology Document local material culture Oral traditions collection Interviewed elders, musical traditions, folktales, personal histories Heritage conservation Finding a location Very difficult to find skilled workers, materials, etc. Dealing with politicians We are obsessed with straight lines Difficult to get government to allocate an employee Success? Collected books: used more as a library than a museum People able to see their own people represented, kin No electricity Interest Peaked Forest guards: hired to protect forest, paid salary Salary led to inequalities (able to purchase things that others could not, made them more elevated) Leads to accusations of witchcraft Sorcery (people better off than others) is associated with magic lions  Led to fear of lions, led people burning down forests to stop lions leading to forest fires, leading to more  forest guards Problem: meant she had to befriend white south Africans with shady objectives Project failed, community was against them, it was dangerous to pursue the project What She Researched Challenged to look at Ntchima Food: across most of southern Africa Mixing flour with water, putting over fire Why would people select this food as their staple? Found that they actually have a more diverse pallet Termites, lake flies, four different kinds of bananas Mushrooms Changed to Why do the people eat what they eat? How she did it Where to stay and how to live Stayed with a family In their society, it is required to be very hospitable She couldn’t do this herself: stayed with family Papa was the welder for the museum Paid for completing the house in return for letting her stay with them Making a big house: don’t want other people to think you are better than anyone else Put big fence around so no one could see anything Could have built own house, but political/social barriers would have been too great Could have stayed at hotel, but wouldn’t have been right What language to speak Chichewa: oral langu
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