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Archaeology First Thursday, Feb 4, 2021

Pulling at the Thread: Why Climate Change Driven Relocation is Such a Difficult Problem to Solve

Date: February 4, 2021
Time: 4 PM

We will meet virtually via zoom. All are welcome. Register in advance for this Zoom meeting with the link provided below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting:

This talk will discuss the climate change planning in Alaska. We will first show a series of photographs by Inupiat photographer and Shishmaref resident Dennis Davis. Following we will talk about co-production of knowledge and trying to pair experiences of climate change with policy analysis to understand how best to create community-based solutions.

Elizabeth Marino is an assistant professor of anthropology and sustainability at OSU-Cascades. Her work centers on community-based risk perceptions, disasters, and adaptation. She is interested in the interactions of places and people, as mitigated by collectively-held visions and discourses of the good.

Dennis Davis is a self-taught Inupiat photographer that has been taking pictures and videos of the western coastline of Alaska for over 20 years. He uses an Inupiat vision of the connections between land, animals, and people to create new forms of photography and video, that offer a glimpse into the subsistence lifestyle. Dennis’s goal is to show others what his culture is all about; to highlight the risks that Arctic peoples face with the coming of climate change; and to give a voice to his people.

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Lecture by Dr. Sarah Sterling this Saturday!

Dr. Sarah Sterling will present “Why Build the Pyramids? Exploring one of ancient Egypt’s Most Fascinating Phenomena” in Cannon Beach this Saturday, Oct. 22nd. This presentation explores the intertwined history of Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife, the construction of early tombs and later pyramids, and the economic and environmental motivations for their construction. See our News and Events page for more information.
Location: Cannon Beach History Center and Museum
4:00 p.m.Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Tonight! Dept. of World Languages & Literature Friday Night Lecture Series

Stina Fagertun & Øistein Hanssen
Time is a Ship that Never Casts Anchor: Sámi Storytelling
Hear a Sámi storyteller, lecturer and performer discuss their experiences
connecting with their Sami heritage through art, music, and community.
Stina Fagertun comes from the fjords of Arctic Norway and represents coastal
Sámi and Kven (Finnish descendant) ancestry. She collects ancient stories,
fairytales & legends of the Sámi and Kven tradition to share in her storytelling
and singing. She has performed throughout Norway, Canada and the United
States, ensuring that this aspect of Arctic culture will not be lost and forgotten.
Øistein Hanssen has researched old folk musical instruments, tracing their
roots back to prehistoric music traditions. His music and narratives are rooted in
his Northern Norwegian heritage: Sámi, Norse, and Finnish descent. He will
discuss Sámi Shamanic drums (Noaidetromme) which were used by the Sámi
Shamans (Noadi) to communicate with the ancient Sphere of the Sámi gods.
The Noaidetromme may hold clues to ancient religion as well as ancient
nomadic migration. Øistein has lectured and performed throughout
Scandinavia, Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States. He performs in
concerts and gives cultural and educational presentations for scholars,
universities and the public. He composes music, particularly film scores. He
works at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø

Cramer Hall Room 171 @ 7:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. 

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Portland State of Mind

From October 12-21, PSU will be hosting Portland State of Mind. There are two events that may be of particular interest to anthropology students. Both are free and open to the public:
The School of Gender, Race and Nations (SGRN) is hosting “Transnational Intersections” on Tuesday, October 17 from 2:30-4:00pm. Faculty members from departments and programs in the SGRN discuss the ways in which their research and teaching are both transnational and intersectional, complicating—indeed, challenging—dominant methodological and pedagogical approaches. Please join Sri Craven (associate professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Elena Avilés (assistant professor, Chicano/Latino Studies) Eddy Alvarez (assistant professor, Women, Gender, And Sexuality Studies/University Studies), and Ho’esta Mo’e’hahne (scholar in residence, Indigenous Nations Studies) for an intriguing discussion moderated by Winston Grady-Willis (director, SGRN, professor, Black Studies). 
Indigenous Nations Studies (INST) is hosting: “Reclaiming the Urban Forest for Food, Medicine, and Ceremony” on October 18, 2017 from 6:00-8:30 pm in the Native American Student and Community Center (NASCC) rm 110. Join INST instructor Judy BlueHorse Skelton and local community leaders for an overview of Indigenous cultural collaboration projects in the Portland Metro Region. 

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October First Thursday

The Anthropology Department is excited to continue hosting Archaeology First Thursdays. The first event of the term will be on October 5 at 4:00pm in Cramer Hall 41. Martin Adams (Paleoinsect Research) will present: “Of Lice and Men: An Overview of Recent Archaeoentomological Projects in the Pacific Northwest.” 

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Sat, 5/6, Contemporary Chinese Society: A View from the Films of Zhang Yimou


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Archaeology First Thursday- May 4th!


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Promised Land Documentary – Friday May 5, 7:00 PM, 5th Ave Cinema

May 5th, 7 p.m., 5th Avenue Cinema on campus.
Promised Land is an award-winning social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied. In following their story, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty. It has been chosen for the award for Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking at the 10th Annual LA Skins Fest, and was an official selection for the 41st Annual American Indian Film Festival, Northwest Film Forum’s 19th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival, the 12th Annual Ellensburg Film Festival, and the 5th Annual Social Justice Film Festival, among others.
To learn more about the film, visit
Suggested donation at the door: $5. A portion of the night’s proceeds goes to supporting the tribe.
Free popcorn and post-film discussion with Chinook Indian Nation elders; Duwamish Tribe Councilmember, Ken Workman; PSU Professor Kenneth Ames; and the filmmakers.
Sponsored by Portland State University’s Department of Anthropology and University Studies.

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Rapid Qualitative Inquiry Workshop – Saturday April 8 – Space still available!

Rapid Qualitative Inquiry – Not-for-credit Course
RAPID QUALITATIVE INQUIRY: Applied Team-Based Qualitative Research. Four-hour participatory workshop.
Workshop Fee $50
Date and Time: April 8, 2017, Noon to 4:00 pm
Location: SMSU 298, Portland State University
Facilitator: James Beebe, Ph.D., Department Affiliate
Register here 

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Egyptian Hieroglyphs workshop – Saturday April 8th – Space still available!

Workshop: How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Saturday, April  8, 20179:00am to 4:00pm with an hour break for lunch
Location: Room 287, Cramer Hall
Cost: $75 + $5 materials fee = $80. Brown bag or lunch on your own.
Register here
Ever wondered what all the signs on Egyptian temples and tombs mean and how to read them? Do Egyptian hieroglyphs write words or sounds? How and when were Egyptian hieroglyphs first deciphered? How do we pronounce and translate hieroglyphs?
The answers to these questions will be addressed in this unique hands-on workshop. Lectures and progressive in-class exercises will teach you the basics of how the Egyptian hieroglyphic writing system and language works and start you on the road to reading simple inscriptions and understanding the concept of writing and language in ancient Egypt. An ideal course for students of archaeology, linguistics, or ancient history.

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