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My Mother, the Juneteenth descendent

My mother, Sammie, who we call ‘Susu,’ was born in the 1940s in Texas. In her lifetime, she’s been an opera singer, a school teacher, a social worker, hospital administrator, community caregiver, housecleaner, home aid, wife, mother, writer, poet, pianist, scholar, and dreamer. Much of what she knows about her family is from the stories […]Read More

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My Favorite Science Communicators! pt. 1

Wow! It has been a while. Like many people around the world, my life underwent a series of back-to-back, nonstop changes alongside a very stressful work and home period. I didn’t have the energy to blog. However, there was a fun and enriching side during that time where I got to do a series of […]Read More

A Mighty Convergence: Anthropology, Black History, and Love

I live in New York. By the time February rolls around, I’m over the cold, short, icy, gray, slushy days. I’ve always regarded February as a short miserable month- at least for the weather.  Other aspects of February excite me. When I was in elementary and middle school, because I attended predominately Black schools until […]Read More

Announcing “Science and…” A New Series

I miss being able to wheel the mobile bone lab into classrooms and provide new and fun learning experiences for people. I had hoped to bring it back in 2021, but that didn’t happen. Instead, I said ‘yes’ to a lot of different opportunities that really boiled down to me teaching storytelling and science communication […]Read More

Here’s a Non- Anthro Freebie! Fall Recipe Card Download

I love the fall season! It’s my favorite time of year. I find that when autumn rolls around my go-to de-stressing activities surround crafting or baking. Yesterday, I found myself a bit on the stressed side and decided to create a fall-themed recipe card. Then, I thought it would be fun to share with you. […]Read More

The Archaeology of Disability: An Interview with Alexandra Morris

Alexandra Morris and I have known each other for about 5 years now. We met when I was about a semester or two into my Master’s program at Hunter College. We became friends over siding bone fragments in the osteology lab and cried of frustration into dusty boxes of broken phalanges. Alexandra had already received […]Read More

My Favorite Science Communicators! pt. 2

Before I start on part 2 of my list, I have also been thinking about science communicators that other people seem to LOVE, but thoroughly get on my nerves! I won’t make that list, but I wanted to point out that I don’t think everyone can, or should be, everything to all people. Know YOUR […]Read More

I’m Thankful for You! Here’s a Gift!

Over this last year, I have taken more time to reflect on gratitude as I navigate the variety of struggles that have come my way. I’m sure this has been the case for many of us around the world. I’ve really been enjoying crafty quiet times. As a small token of my gratitude for your […]Read More

Head Hunters: Anthropology and the Skull Obsessed! Part 2

Gustaf Nordenskiöld, the young Swede Collector This is not exactly the historical tale of a headhunter. However, this scientist did take human remains and artifacts of Native Americans without permission. His actions became the catalyst for the earliest iteration of historical preservation law in the United States, so I decided to include him over some […]Read More

The Rockstar Anthropologist Blog Lives!

I am so excited to off hiatus! I planned to re-launch officially on September 16th, but I realize that as I create new content and add it to the site, email notifications to my existing subscribers were being sent out, and then when they clicked on the links, it said: “Come back September 16th!” I […]Read More

Head Hunters: Anthropology and the Skull Obsessed! Part 1

Alfred Cort Haddon- British, Victorian, and Headhunter- and Irish Anthropologist, Charles Browne   Haddon was a marine biologist turned anthropologist in the late 1800s. While working on a coral reef expedition in the Torres Strait Islands, Haddon became interested in the people and customs that he encountered. So, he decided to become an anthropologist. Over […]Read More

Head Hunters: Anthropology and the Skull Obsessed Series Intro

I don’t think that you will ever walk into the office of an anthropologist or an anthropology museum or anywhere where anthropology is being practiced and not find a skull. I don’t think it matters if it’s biological anthropology or linguistics, I think you’ll find a skull- model, diagram, books, possibly real, shrunken, jeweled, hominid, […]Read More

Book Review: Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads

As part of the Head Hunters series, I asked some brilliant anthro friends to write reviews for a couple of books that deal with the issue of anthropologists and our history and relationships with skulls. Review by Danamarie Donatelli, Anthropologist and Researcher Contributor    Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found by Frances Larson. New […]Read More

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