- Student Projects Spring 2012
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- Digital Samples
CCC students of Cultural Anthropology enter the classroom with an accelerated pace. The student projects they make for the class and the world to see express a profound sense of people and place in the Plains and Front Range of the Rockies.
Students also use a perspectivistic approach in the anthropology of peoples around the world nowadays and from the past.
Instructor Dr. Lin Davis-Stephens
Introductory Cultural Anthropology: An Interactive Approach
By Loretta A. Cormier, Sharyn R. Jones
ISBN Number: 978-1-936306-05-0
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Add the names of each person who get credit for your project on a line above where you post your video or project.
Jensen Foss and Jace Campbell
Zach Wilson, David Bauer and Drew Posegate
Greg Hassell and Mike McLaughlin
A Lost Heritage
The Power of Storytelling
by Bob Schroeder
Digital Story: The Day My Life Changed
Student Digital Story—
As I was thinking about a subject for my story, I had that agriculture article we were assigned to read in my mind - The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race by Jared Diamond. At the end of the article, Mr Diamond asks us what we’re going to do next. I try to answer his question. What is my answer?
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Add the names of each person who get credit for your project on a line above where you post your video or project.
Susan Planc and Sydne Massey
Ebrima Njie and Marie Mcabee
Kyle Matusoff, Daniel Devonshire, Trent Lussenhop, Duncan Izaaks
Agnese Aramina, Liga Venta Shanna Smith
Collin Gorham and Marco Taymao
Devin Chavez and Nick Bata
KJ Morales, David Johnson and Fily Perez
Jose Pena Benjamin
Colby Community College student simulation projects
Volga German Settlement in Ellis County
Herndon KS History.
Herndon KS was named after Billy Herndon who was Abraham Lincoln’s law partner. Herndon was founded in May 1876 by Lorenz and Sophia Demmer came from Smith County, KS to the banks of Ash Creek the east edge of the current town Herndon KS. The first settlers to Herndon were traced back to the Austrian-Hungarian immigrants.
In autumn of 1879 saw merchant I.N. George hauled in a wagon train full of supplies and started building a general store, a year later Mr. George became the postmaster. From 1884 to 1888 there was many builds that were put up, such as the water-powered flour mill on Beaver creek. Both the ash creek tributary with Beaver creek is part of the Republican River Watershed.
The railroad was put through Herndon in November 1887. When the railroad went into Herndon the town built more buildings including a two story depot, section house, windmill and water tank, and a coal shed. In 1888 Herndon’s biggest building boom begun. Market places were created for farm crops, general merchandise, drug stores, restaurants, hotels, livery stables, blacksmiths, and implement dealers. In the spring of 1880 brought in the first catholic services to the area. In 1917 St. Mary’s Assumption church was built. The church was made out of concrete blocks made by the congregation; over the years the town has worked to restore the church.
Over the years the town has started to become a ghost’s town the High school closed in 2005. There are only a few places left open including St. Mary’s church, the pool hall (local bar), Rogers (dining), Co-op, library, and a few other places. However, every five to ten years there is a Herndon Ox Roast. The Herndon Ox Roast was first started in 1914. Families, friends, neighbors, and former residents have gathered to “celebrate Herndon.” It’s a time to relax, greet old friends and don ones pioneer and cowboy grub. Some activates include watching a baseball game, browse through exhibits, watch the morning parade, watching the “Man-powered outhouse races”, and dancing the night away. There is another Herndon Ox Roast this year. June 12th 2010.
The Birth & Life of Nicodemus, Kansas
by Chelle Shoemaker
As a child I remember driving down Highway 24 with my parents and seeing a tiny town between Hill City and Stockton. My parents told me this town was called “Nicodemus” and had a population consisting of only African American citizens. I questioned my mom as to how this town got started and, unfortunately, she was unable to give me details. So, wanting to find out more I decided to do a little research on my own.
Nicodemus, Kansas got its start shortly after reconstruction from the Civil War. Blacks in the south, although supposedly “free”, were not getting the equality and respect they were promised. It was around the 1870s when a white man named W.R. Hill spoke to these people and talked of a “Promise Land” in Kansas where not many people had settled and there was much potential for growth.
Shortly after that, in 1877, a little over 300 blacks rode by train to Ellis, KS where they then had to walk the remaining 55 miles to the new settlement.
Through the continued migration of Exodusters, the population of Nicodemus continued to grow to about 500 at its peak. It soon had several hotels, general stores, churches, a newspaper, a bank, and a post office. Farming helped make a living for nearly all residents until disaster struck in the 1920s and 30s. As you know, the great depression affected all towns but especially small ones such as Nicodemus. Citizens were paid less and less for their crops and the dust bowl only made things worse. Hard times caused over 400 people to leave and almost all businesses closed down. From then on, blacks had to travel for the basic necessities in nearby towns.
Today, the town of Nicodemus has only one building still in operation (the Nicodemus Historical Society Museum) and only about 20 people still living there. Its sad to see towns like this one dwindle away, but on the positive side it DID survive and is still around. In fact, it is the only pure African American town (founded after the civil war) still in existence. I would like to go back to Nicodemus later on and visit with some of the citizens there. It would be interesting to hear their stories. One tradition the town still carries on takes place during the last weekend in July, celebrating Emancipation day. Old inhabitants of the Nicodemus come back and enjoy a parade, food, and are able to celebrate their heritage with others.
Musical instruments of the world
Erecting a yurt slideshow
Silk Road Web lesson link
Anthropology of India
By Logan Wark
From football to hamburgers, American culture often changes with the times and popularity. But some countries, such as India, have a culture that modernizes, but still remains constant. Over 80% of India’s habitants practice the religion of Hinduism, while the other 20% practice faiths such as Buddhism, Christianity, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Islam, and Jainism. So it may come as no surprise that India’s culture is largely based around their faith. Influencing things ranging from food to clothing, entertainment to family, India’s culture is one of color and spiritual enlightment. First, I’ll expand on some popular religions practiced in India that so many people’s life are centered around.
Hinduism is the most practiced religion in the country of India with about 82% of the population owning to it. This religion can’t be traced to an explicit founder and does not promote the worshiping of just one holy being. It’s acceptable for followers to worship in any god, goddess, the “Supreme Spirit,” or the Indestructible Soul. And unlike most religions, Hinduism does not have a holy book, instead holy text that include The Rig Veda, Upanishads, and the Bhagwad Gita. Deepawali, Holi, Pongal, and Shiva Ratri are only a few festivals that celebrate not only gods and goddesses, but also the sun, moon, planets, animals, etc.
Branched off of Hinduism is the second most widely practiced religion in India-Buddhism. It was founded by Gautam Buddha and has comparable believes as Hinduism. Buddhists believe that everything can change, but some things will last longer then others. They hold the belief that karma will lead the occurrence of all experiences and in the everlasting soul and cycle of rebirth.
The four noble truths of Buddhism are the following:
1. Suffering is universal
2. Suffering is caused by desire and yearning
3. Suffering can be prevented and overcome
4. Suppression of suffering can lead to removal of suffering
By prevailing past cravings and desire can lead to nirvana (complete enlightment).
Christianity is also practiced in India. It was brought to the country through missionaries, the first one believed to be St. Thomas who founded a church in the city of Kerala. Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism are all faiths in India as well. Religious beliefs also affect the diet of Indian people.
Indian food is known heavily for their spices, of which are used for nutrition. Both Muslim and Hindu have influence the preparation of meals. Around 650 A.D. the Hindu began sustaining from meat because the cow was sacred to Mother Goddess.
The Hindu vegetarian tradition is widespread in India, although many Hindus eat meat now. The Muslim tradition is most evident in the cooking of meats. Mughiai food, kababs, rich Kormas (curries) and nargisi koftas (meatballs), the biryani (a layered rice and meat preparation), rogan josh, and preparations from the clay over or randoor like tandoori rotis and tandoori chicken are all important contributions made by Muslim settlers in India. The British made their contribution by starting the cultivation of tea.
Northern India cuisines
Northern India’s staple foods include rice, bread, and vegetables. A meal could be comprised of unleavened bread either fried or baked on a griddle with rice and anywhere from fried veggies, curries, pickles, etc. Desserts have a rice base or milk pudding and smothered in syrup. Kheer is rice pudding and kulfi is a nutty ice cream.
Southern India cuisines
Roasted, steamed, and non-greasy is how Indians prefer their chow. A thin soup, spiced vegetables, and a preparation of curd is an example of a common meal. Fish and coconut are also often widely used because of the close proximity to the ocean.
The sari is essential to the traditional attire of India’s women. Five to six yards in length, the sari accentuates or obscures, and makes in an elegant wardrobe. Choli’s are worn underneath as a blouse. “Apart from the choli, women in Rajasthan wear a form of pleated skirt known as the ghargra or lehanga. This skirt is secured at the waist and leaves the back and midriff bare. The heads are however covered by length of fine cotton known as orhni or dupatta.” Salwars have recently become popular. These pants are pajama-like and “drawn tightly in at the waist and ankles.”
For men, the wardrobe is a little more modernized, western-styled clothing. Shirts and slacks are popular amongst all regions of India, but still some prefer traditional clothing. A lungi is a short length of fabric and is worn around the thighs. The dhoti is a longer version of the lungi with added material pulled up between the legs.
Everyone’s heard of arranged marriages and comes to no surprise that the tradition is still commonly used. The process is in the form of an interview. Often the two families in question will provide bios and pictures of the couples and their families before ever meeting. If the two are interested the families will set to meet, but in old tradition, usually the bride and groom won’t even meet until the wedding day.
How the two are set up depends on their personalities. Families will look at education level, cultural background, living location, religion, and diet (non-vegetarian, vegetarian). Today, the couple will be allowed a small courtship, which usually consists of meeting and talking. If the couple doesn’t think it’ll be a good match, the marriage can be cancelled. If they go through with it the bride will live with her in-laws in a joint family setting.
As the leaders in the world’s science and math scores, India has produced the most engineers. They have a strong cultural background and contributed a great deal to society. The following paragraph was found on Indianchild.com and sums up what India is all about.
Indian culture is also about respecting elders, honoring heroes and cherishing love. It is a land of aspirations, achievements and self-reliance. Indian culture has a very high level of tolerance and hence he advent of so many external cultures was not restricted. Adaptation to any culture or embracing a religion was always the democratic culture…”
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Ethnic group of Altai Mountains, Central Asia
In June 2006, to celebrate the cave's centenary year, the Bradshaw Foundation helped fund an unprecedented exploratory project in the The Niaux Cave Complex. Pascal Alard, Director of the Niaux Cave, in association with the French Ministry of Culture, and guided by the world renowned and resident archaeologist Dr Jean Clottes, supervised the draining of several lakes in the Niaux Cave complex, to temporarliy expose the Galerie Cartailhac - named after one of Niaux's earliest archaeologists - and the Reseau Clastres. This project would allow scientists for only the fourth time since prehistory to analyse the inaccessible parts of the cave and its contents, and a selection of the general public, to access those deep galleries for the first time ever.
Power of myth—First Storytellers
Student Digital Storytelling
Your posted work is a personal, virtual reflection on cultural anthropology in the world of today and/or the past/future. Include at least two references as web links. These will add to your reporting and demonstrate whether you understand the content of cultural anthropology. This electronic descriptive narrative should be about 1000 words with photos and other graphics. There can be no plagiarism, this must be your own composition—quality work. You have the option to do this instead of a research paper for the course final project. Your posted work will be public, indefinitely, on the internet.
There are quides to digital storytelling online at places like
If you need help using Windows Movie Maker this is a good tutorial:
Kate and Bryan
Film Director bio
Werner Herzog was born in Munich and grew up removed from technology in a remote Bavarian village. He worked as a welder to fund production of his first film at age nineteen and has since directed more than fifty features. His films have won numerous awards, including the special grand jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival for The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (74) and best director at the Cannes Film Festival for Fitzcarraldo (82). His other films include: Aguirre, The Wrath of God (72), Nosferatu (78), Little Dieter Needs to Fly (97), Grizzly Man (05), Rescue Dawn (06), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (09)
and Cave of Forgotten Dreams (10).
A Natural Museum In 3-D: Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”
by Eric Kohn
In recent years, Werner Herzog’s sly observations on the ways the universe in wondrously strange documentaries such as “Grizzly Man” and “Encounters at the End of the World” have taken on cult status apart from his existing place in the history of German cinema. Viral videos contain uncanny imitations of the filmmaker’s distinct Bavarian accent reading every children’s classic from “Where’s Waldo?” to “Curious George.” The reality is that Herzog could make the phonebook sound interesting, but he usually aims much higher than that. His latest non-fiction outing, “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” proves that point again: It’s an extraordinary production feat that transcends his personal whims while giving them room to shine.
“Cave of Forgotten Dreams” takes a fascinating 3-D journey into the inner sanctum of heretofore undocumented cave paintings in the south of France. Destined to delight Herzog fans for its offbeat ruminations on the evolution of creativity, the movie also derives ample philosophical weight from the sheer beauty and inherent mystery of the subject at hand. Guiding the audience with his typical voiceover narration, Herzog delves into “one of the greatest discoveries in the history of human culture,” the etchings on the walls of the 1,300-foot Chauvet Cave, presumably home to the oldest paintings in the world. Owned by the French government and restricted to a handful of experts, the cave remains as mysterious as the history of its contents.