1. Maruja, The Master Potter of Las Piñas. Maruja, La Ollera Maestra de Las Piñas.

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    I filmed this video in September of 2001. It deals with a utilitarian pottery manufacturing tradition typical of the lower Guayas Basin region of coastal Ecuador. The settlement of Las Piñas is located northeast of the city of Daule on the road to El Laurel, the parroquial center. The method of making pottery for domestic use that you see here is pre-Hispanic. The manufacturing methods of the women potters from Las Piñas owe nothing to the Spanish who introduced the potter's wheel and the kiln into the Ecuadorian highlands during the 16th century. Archaeologists interested in the pre-Hispanic Milagro culture and their pottery will benefit from seeing this video. The construction methods used by these peasant women potters are typical of the pottery manufacturing techniques of the lower Guayas Basin. This region includes the areas north of the city of Guayaquil including the cities of Daule and Pascuales, and formerly Samborondón as well, prior the introduction of the wheel and kiln from the Cuenca highlands during the early 20th century. The method of hand-building you see here is known as "drag modeling". It represents just one of four distinct pottery forming methods used on the Ecuadorian coast. In drag modeling, the vessel is formed by hollowing out and dragging the clay upwards from a solid cone-shaped lump of clay. Note that none of the clay is actually removed from the lump, but is simply redistributed to form the shape. On the first day, the potter "gets the pots standing" dragging the clay upwards from the center of the cone using her fingers. After the soft clay has stiffened somewhat, the walls are thinned and the final shape is created with the use of a gourd shaper and scraper called a "cuchara" or "spoon". Some potters, like Maruja seen here will add a fat coil to reinforce the rim or to form the neck of the vessel. Others, from the same region, form the rim and/or neck solely by manipulating the clay from the solid lump of clay without adding a coil. As the clay coil is really very moist, you will see that Maruja literally smears and squishes it onto the wall of the vessel, distributing the clay very well and incorporating it into the body of the vessel. Maruja, like other potters from this region take care so as not to create a seam that could later become an unwanted fracture point between the body and the neck. But make no mistake--drag modeling of the body is the primary construction technique, with coil being a optional secondary technique used primarily to form the rim or neck of the vessel and not the main body of the earthenware pot itself. When the pot is stiff enough to support its own weight, it is turned upside down in order to cut off the bottom or "ass" that was used for rotating the vessel manually on a wet board during the initial forming. The gourd "cuchara is the most important tool of the Guayas basin potter. It is multipurpose--serving not only as a "shaper" but also as a "scraper" when its edge is used to remove clay from the inside and outside walls. It is manufactured from the fruit of the "gourd tree" (Crescentia cujete), found growing nearby every potter's home. All pots that are used for cooking have rounded bottoms that make for even heat distribution when cooking over the flame. On about the 4th or the 5th day, the pot is given a cursory burnish with a smooth river stone, and then after applying a red slip, it is burnished again. Applying a red slip is a Guayas Basin tradition that is not seen today among coastal potters from other areas, such as in Manabí or Esmeraldas Provinces. The Guayas Basin potters all tell me that they like for the pots to be "flame red" and dislike the "washed out" tan color of a fired pot that is lacking the "tierra coloradita" or red slip. During the dry season, firing takes place on the morning of the 6th day, usually a Saturday when in the afternoon the merchants arrive to buy the recently fired pots. Firing is carried out 'bonfire" style with the pots stacked carefully in a pile. The pots on the outside of the pile in contact with the wood or bamboo fuel will often have black fire-clouds on their surfaces. The potters attempt to minimize fire-clouding by removing the pots from the spent fuel while still hot. Kathleen M. Klumpp Videographer and Producer

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    • GeeCON 2013: Joel Spolsky - The Cultural Anthropology of Stack Exchange

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      Cultural Anthropology was the most boring class Joel took in college, but it has been the most useful in the long run and now it is the only thing he uses. Building a website with 22 million users is an exercise in cultural anthropology. The whole Usenet culture was a result of accidental and intentional choices in the software. The world’s first Internet troll used a straw man as the target of his flames. We evolved from Usenet to online discussion forums. However, the behavior of discussion forum users is still similar to what emerged from Usenet, even if it wasn’t intentional. When you copy the same format of Usenet, you get Usenet. We wanted Stack Exchange to be different. The whole idea of Stack Exchange was to disrupt all the accidental design choices resulting from the Usenet era, and make a culturally distinct site. If we know we’re going to build a culture, and what we want that culture to be, we can design for it. We designed Stack Exchange for the culture we wanted from our users.

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      • Looking for Meaning: Dennis Hahn on Brand Experience

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        "All of us in our lives are looking for meaning in all sorts of places. Brands can provide meaning to people if they relate to the brand in a personal way." Liquid's EVP of Brand Experience, Dennis Hahn, discusses how organizations can activate their brands in multidimensional and deeply collaborative ways. Dennis Hahn is Liquid Agency's Executive Vice President of Brand Experience. What is brand experience, exactly? In this video, Dennis explores its layers, explaining how a multisensory, multidimensional path allows consumers to engage with a brand on a profound level. Liquid has evolved from a brand identity and marketing agency to a full brand experience agency; similarly, Dennis himself evolved from a designer focused on the digital dimension into a strategist in the "very broad and holistic activity" that is branding. He started his own agency as a designer in the early 1990s—which enabled him to become part of the birth of digital marketing. Later, he began working closely with cultural anthropologists to help organizations culturalize their brands with their communities, both external and internal. As president and chief strategy officer of ID Branding, he worked with the likes of Microsoft, Intel, Symantec, SAIF, and Mercy, honing his expertise in working with leadership teams. He brings this background to Liquid's collaborative team approach. He explains that the way a client engages with Liquid "is going to be very different from a typical agency relationship. We're not the kind of agency that presents ideas to a client and tries to sell ideas. We're really more about really trying to problem-solve together. We believe our clients bring enormous value and knowledge about their brand, and our role is really to help bring it to life. So there is a lot of hands-on, real-time, working together... We call it a brand relationship." Dennis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from Portland State University. He is also an adjunct professor at PSU, where he currently teaches strategy through the university's Professional Development Center. Dennis has spoken at numerous conferences about branding and strategy, and has written on the subject of brand culture.

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        • ARCHIVIO IEM Iranian calligraphy ( IEM Press): Mediterranea. A Journal of Cultural Anthropology (September/December 2013)

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          Istituto Europeo di Musica General and Art Director Davide Polovineo IEM PRESS: Mediterannea. A Journal of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnomusicology September-December 2013 Iranian Calligraphy by IEM PRESS Illustrations by E Persia Music In search of Simurgh by Radiodervish (Piece 3°) Mediterannea: September-December 2013 STRUCTURE _______________________________________ Islamic Taste: cultural Trends in the ancient Arab World Preliminary Studies FROM HELLENISM TO ISLAM Cultural and Linguistic Change in the Roman Near East edited by HANNAH M. COTTON ROBERT G. HOYLAND JONATHAN J. PRICE DAVID J. WASSERSTEIN Cambridge Press The Cambridge Companion to ARABIC PHILOSOPHY Edited by Peter Adamson King’s College London Richard C. Taylor Marquette University Art. 1° A Baghdad Cookery Book THE BOOK OF DISHES (KitƒNb al..ab.kh) Mu.ammad b. al..asan b. Mu.ammad b. al.Kar.m, the scribe of Baghdad Newly Translated by Charles Perry Art. 2° Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook Kitab al tabikh fi-l-Maghrib wa-l-Andalus fi `asr al-Muwahhidin, li-mu'allif majhul. The Book of Cooking in Maghreb and Andalus in the era of Almohads, by an unknown author. Art. 3° Arts of the Book & Calligraphy:Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum ~ VIDEO: PRESS TV Iran. Tehran exhibits works by Iranian calligraphers of the Islamic era Art. 4° The Wonder of Islam from BBC's The Dark Ages: An Age of Light - The Wonder of Islam (Episode 3) By Waldemar Januszczak Monography Zoroastrian Worship and islamic taste: Cultural Trend in Iran Video BBC Documentary: A Taste of Iran, from BBC Documentary A taste of Iran by Sadeq Saba Video ABC Documentary: Zoroastrian Worship Zindän-i naiyirain Sincretismo soterico mazdeo-islamico e “cultura del gusto” iraniana nella “biosfera” dell’arte delle erbe e piante medicinali Di Davide Polovineo

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          • ARCHIVIO IEM: Iranian Calligraphy by Saman Kojouri / Press TV Iran Tehran ( Mediterranea: September-December 2013)

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            Istituto Europeo di Musica General and Art Director IEM Mediterannea. A Journal of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnomusicology September-December 2013 Iranian Calligraphy by Saman Kojouri (Press Tv Iran-Tehran) Mediterranea: September/December 2013 STRUCTURE Islamic Taste: cultural Trends in the ancient Arab World Preliminary Studies FROM HELLENISM TO ISLAM Cultural and Linguistic Change in the Roman Near East edited by HANNAH M. COTTON ROBERT G. HOYLAND JONATHAN J. PRICE DAVID J. WASSERSTEIN Cambridge Press The Cambridge Companion to ARABIC PHILOSOPHY Edited by Peter Adamson King’s College London Richard C. Taylor Marquette University Art. 1° A Baghdad Cookery Book THE BOOK OF DISHES (KitƒNb al..ab.kh) Mu.ammad b. al..asan b. Mu.ammad b. al.Kar.m, the scribe of Baghdad Newly Translated by Charles Perry Art. 2° Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook Kitab al tabikh fi-l-Maghrib wa-l-Andalus fi `asr al-Muwahhidin, li-mu'allif majhul. The Book of Cooking in Maghreb and Andalus in the era of Almohads, by an unknown author. Art. 3° Arts of the Book & Calligraphy:Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum ~ VIDEO: PRESS TV Iran. Tehran exhibits works by Iranian calligraphers of the Islamic era Art. 4° The Wonder of Islam from BBC's The Dark Ages: An Age of Light - The Wonder of Islam (Episode 3) By Waldemar Januszczak Monography Zoroastrian Worship and islamic taste: Cultural Trend in Iran Video BBC Documentary: A Taste of Iran, from BBC Documentary A taste of Iran by Sadiq Saba Video ABC Documentary: Zoroastrian Worship Zindän-i naiyirain Sincretismo soterico mazdeo-islamico e “cultura del gusto” iraniana nella “biosfera” dell’arte delle erbe e piante medicinali by Davide Polovineo

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            • "Pigskin & Magnolias: 12 Days of Fandom" 720p edition

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              Three fans set out on a journey to create a cultural anthropology of SEC college football fans. Fans relate their favorite game day experiences, superstitions, reverence for team mythology and personal ideology on how they root for their respective teams. All current 12 SEC schools' fans are represented, and two cultural experts ground the piece. Clay Travis, who wrote a memoir of traveling to all 12 SEC Stadiums in 2006, talks about SEC lore and his favorite anecdotes from his travels, and cultural studies expert Ted Friedman of Georgia State University discusses fandom as a cultural identity, and how it is a diversion from fans' otherwise busy lives.

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              • Espacio Público para Todos

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                This video highlights my masters' project research in Vistas del Cerro Grande, Chihuahua, México, and a visit to México City. Fifth and sixth grade students worked in teams and answered questions about their neighborhood public spaces using Kodak flip cameras. The song is called "The Time" by Wakal.

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                • Vlasta (2008)

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                  Excerpt from short documentary film "Vlasta" by Uroš Živanović; filmed in Rijeka in January 2008. Made for Visual Anthropology course at Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia. © Filmoteka 21

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                  • Students hunt for history and culture at heiau

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                    A group of anthropology and archaeology students from the University of Hawaii at Manoa are spending every Saturday of the spring 2013 semester participating in the UH Manoa North Shore Archaeological Field School. The students are learning techniques in low impact archaeology at one of the most culturally significant sites on Oahu, the Kupopolo Heiau. Read the full story on the University of Hawaii news site at http://www.hawaii.edu/news/2013/03/19/students-hunt-for-history-and-culture-at-heiau/

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                    • Road Comics: Big Work on Small Stages

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                      “Road Comics: Big Work on Small Stages” is a documentary that follows the creative brilliance of three stand-up comics working the comedy club circuit in middle America. Producer & cultural anthropologist Susan Seizer follows Stewart Huff, Tim Northern, and Kristin Key as they draw laughter out of the slow quirkiness of lives not made for TV. Both smart and funny, Road Comics traces humor on the ground in what are too often considered the “flyover zones” of middle America. The film also offers a glimpse into the business of comedy through interviews with club owners on the ins and outs of regional entertainment industries. This film is is a creative work of art about the art of creative work.

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