Biological Anthropology

Biological Anthropology

The Origins of Us (Bones): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlrjNEMPSQs | http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1k30d8_bbc-origins-of-us-1-of-3-bones-hdtv-dr-alice-roberts_tech

In this documentary Dr. Alice Roberts looks at how our skeleton reveals the evolutionary journey of our ancestors.

The Origins of Us (Guts): http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1juvul_bbc-origins-of-us-2-of-3-guts-hdtv-dr-alice-roberts_tech

In this documentary Dr. Alice Roberts charts how our ancestors hunt for food has shaped our bodies and behaviour.

The Origins of Us (Brains): http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1k30i6_bbc-origins-of-us-3-of-3-brains-hdtv_tech

In this documentary Dr. Alice Roberts looks at our large, clever brain and why we are the only one of our kind.

Archaeology

Americas before European Colonization: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FItlStGMY4

Upon the arrival of Columbus in 1492 in the Caribbean Islands, unknown to Columbus (and majority of the Eastern Hemisphere), he landed on Islands located in the middle of two huge continents now known has North America and South America that were teaming with huge Civilizations and thousands of smaller Nations and Tribes. With recent estimations, the population may have been over 100 million people that spanned from Alaska and Green Land, all the way to the tip of southern South America. This documentary discusses the changes that have taken place in the Americas after the arrival of the Europeans.

Cultural Anthropology

First Contact: https://online.siu.edu/content/enforced/188166-AIA.2014/All%20html%20links%20to%20films/firstcontact.html?ou=188166

This is the classic film of cultural confrontation that is as compelling today as when it was first released over 20 years ago. When Columbus and Cortez ventured into the New World there was no camera to record the drama of this first encounter. But, in 1930, when the Leahy brothers penetrated the interior of New Guinea in search of gold, they carried a movie camera. Thus they captured on film their unexpected confrontation with thousands of Stone Age people who had no concept of human life beyond their valleys. This amazing footage forms the basis of First Contact.

Yet there is more to this extraordinary film than the footage that was recovered. Fifty years later some of the participants are still alive and vividly recall their unique experience. They were amazed at the artifacts of 20th century life such as tin cans, phonographs and airplanes. When shown their younger, innocent selves in the found footage, they recall the darker side of their relationship with these mysterious beings with devastating weapons.

Australian Dan Leahy describes his fear at being outnumbered by primitive looking people with whom he could not speak. He felt he had to dominate them for his own survival and to continue his quest for gold. First Contact is one of those rare films that holds an audience spell-bound. Humor and pathos are combined in this classic story of colonialism, told by the people who were there.

Black Gold: https://online.siu.edu/content/enforced/188166-AIA.2014/All%20html%20links%20to%20films/black_gold.html?ou=188166

Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields.

Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price.

Against the backdrop of Tadesse’s journey to London and Seattle, the enormous power of the multinational players that dominate the world’s coffee trade becomes apparent. New York commodity traders, the international coffee exchanges, and the double dealings of trade ministers at the World Trade Organisation reveal the many challenges Tadesse faces in his quest for a long term solution for his farmers.

Linguisitic Anthropology

The English Language (Episode 7: The Language of Empire): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbhELaNO6xw

The Adventure of English is a British television series (ITV) on the history of the English language presented by Melvyn Bragg as well as a companion book, also written by Bragg. The series and the book are cast as an adventure story, or the biography of English as if it were a living being, covering the history of the language from its modest beginnings around 500 AD as a minor Germanic dialect to its rise as a truly established global language. In the television series, Bragg explains the origins and spelling of many words based on the times in which they were introduced into the growing language that would eventually become modern English.

In episode 7 titled “The Language of Empire” Bragg discusses the British trade and colonization that led to the spread of the English language. In India, scholar William Jones finds some English words already present in Sanskrit. Convicts land in Australia, blending London criminal slang and Aboriginal words into a new dialect. Jamaicans reclaim patois.

Assignment:

As a student of anthropology, write an analysis of the video you watched. In your analytical report be sure to include:

An introductory paragraph.
A brief summary of the video.
Discussion of the terms in the video that were familiar because they were introduced as a part of ANTH 104 class.
How did this video elaborate on the class material and/or helped you understand the class material better?
How has this class enriched your knowledge of the world in general?
A concluding paragraph.

Formatting Guidelines:

Length: The report has to be two full pages.
Font: Book Antiqua – 11 point
Line Spacing: Double

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