"I didn't learn until I was in college about all the other cultures, and I should have learned that in the first grade. A first grader should understand that his or her culture isn't a rational invention; that there are thousands of other cultures and they all work pretty well; that all cultures function on faith rather than truth; that there are lots of alternatives to our own society. Cultural relativity is defensible and attractive. It's also a source of hope. It means we don't have to continue this way if we don't like it."
|From today's class:|
- Assignment 1: Find at least one kids' book on anthropology (broadly conceived) at the library, bookstore, etc., and bring in to class.
- Assignment 2: Alone or in a group, create something to teach kids about anthropology (either specific research or anthropology in general) - ideas include an interactive web game, a children's book, an in-class activity, a pop-up book, or an app. Be prepared to present it, justify your design and audience, and take criticisms and critiques. (Feel free to beta-test this with any kids you know first!)
- Batten, M. 2001. Anthropologist: Scientist of the People. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.
- Dolenz, M. 2006. Gakky Two-Feet. Putnam.
- Duke, K. 1996. Archaeologists Dig for Clues. HarperCollins.
- Gardner, A. 2007. The past as playground: the ancient world in video game representation. In: Archaeology in the Media, T. Clack and M. Brittain, eds., Ch. 13, pp. 255-272. Left Coast Press.
- Hynes, M. 2003. The Best Book of Early People. Kingfisher.
- Killgrove, K. 2011. Teaching preschoolers about anthropology. UC Berkley's ThenDig.
- Lorenz, A. 2004. Journey to Cahokia: A Boy's Visit to the Great Mound City. Harry N. Abrams.
- McDonnell, P. 2011. Me... Jane. Little, Brown & Company.
- Morais, B. 2012. Anthropological video games. The New Yorker.
- Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma. 2007. Gli antichi romani: Com'erano e come vivevano? (Available in the conference room. In Italian, but you'll get the idea.)
- Thompson, M. 2011. Illustrated Man #5 - Journey to Cahokia and Jingle Dancer. SavageMinds.
- Wecks, E. 2012. An Accidental Adventure: Anthropology for kids. Wired / GeekDad. (Also read a bit of We Dine with Cannibals.)
- Winter, J. 2011. The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps. Schwartz & Wade.
- SHA blog post on engaging kids and their parents in archaeology
- FPAN Northwest's Top 10 anthro books for kids
- PlaythePast, a website about the intersection of cultural heritage and gaming
- Animated, interactively-created evolution movies for kids
- BBC interactive game Hunt the Ancestor
- BBC interactive game Dig It Up: Romans
- TED-Ed video A Glimpse of Teenage Life in Ancient Rome (by Ray Laurence)