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The Impact of the Potawat Community Garden
- Samantha StephensEnvironmental StudiesUndergraduate Student
A look into how the Potawot Community Garden, an offshoot of United Indian Health Services, aids in the fight for decolonization and health independence for local tribes.
The Impacts of Globalization on the Tibetan Chuba
- Garrett James GazzoAnthropology Department and Geography, Environment, & Spatial Analysis DepartmentUndergraduate Student
Throughout a 6-week period, field observations were conducted in select areas within the Tibetan cultural regions of Amdo, Kham, and Ü-Tsang of western China. Observations were primarily focused on clothing transitions of the Tibetan Chuba—a traditional garment influenced by Eurasian steppe cultures—as a result of globalization.
The Importance of Soil Analysis Concerning Ancient Civilizations
- Timothy OrtegaAnthropologyUndergraduate Student
Human activities leave an impact on everything, including deep in the soil. This soil then can be tested thousands of years later to help determine what activities occurred at the site for a culture that may have been lost, is barely known about, or left no evidence other than their footprint in the dirt. I will relate my experience as an intern in the Archaeology Lab on campus to this project, which also concerns soil analysis from someone else's project.
The Importance of Stretching Everyday
- Ahmad ShahCommunicationsUndergraduate Student
For this assignment/project, I wanted to create a poster that information, relatable, and quick. When you see a poster, you kind of have to soak it all in at once. It isn’t moving or talking to give you the bigger picture of what it is. You just have to look and kind of go with it however you like. That is why I wanted something that was grounded to Earth, quick, and knowledgeable. I wanted to do an awareness poster on The Importance of Stretching. The importance of stretching is something that is overlooked in our daily lives because individuals are wrapped up in their everyday busy lives. I cannot blame them, so am I!
The Irishman and His Whiskey
- Kathryn TirrellEnglishUndergraduate Student
The artifact of alcoholic beverages contains a profoundly vast array of facets to articulate. This paper aims to make the critical interventions necessary to realize the manifestations of alcohol use and its interpretations, in terms of identity, occur because of historic contexts embedded in our culture. By examining the symbolism and stereotypes of the Irish immigrant in America, the identity struggles and ideologies surrounding alcohol can be understood through the rhetoric of social groups.
The Jefferson Community Center Fight Against Food Insecurity in Humboldt County
- Brooke KalarneyEnvironmental StudiesUndergraduate Student
Communities in poverty often lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Resources such as community gardens and health education have the ability to inspire and transform the lives of those involved. The Jefferson Community Center provide these resources to the public, bringing back environmental sustainability and justice. The lack of food security in the community shows the need of community building and access to fresh produce. My poster reflects my experiences at the Jefferson Community Center and how they are contributing to the public in important and positive ways.
The Jefferson Project
- Melissa DuarteChild DevelopmentUndergraduate Student
- Michelle FierroChild DevelopmentUndergraduate Student
- Piper FrankChild DevelopmentUndergraduate Student
- Ashlee GreshmanChild DevelopmentUndergraduate Student
- Selena PonceChild DevelopmentUndergraduate Student
Volunteers with Eureka's Westside Community Improvement Association transformed what was once Jefferson Elementary school, into the now Jefferson Community Center. The building itself is used as a place to hold meetings and recreational activities. Moreover, the center is dedicated to helping youth in the community by providing a safe, reliable place to learn and explore. Two projects that we have been volunteering for as Child Development students are the SEEDs project, and the Imagination playground. These projects provide the children with access to: homework help, a community garden, cooking classes, nutritious meals, educational exploration, and lots of FUN!
The Lyre: An Ancient Symbol of Power?
- Daniel NugentanthropologyUndergraduate Student
Music is a phenomenon that transcends cultural boundaries and primordial origins. At the Anglo-Saxon archaeological site of Sutton Hoo, a seventh century lyre was unearthed in a lavish royal burial. Utilizing literature analysis and experimental archaeology to recreate a seventh century lyre, this study explored the relationship between social stratification and art, implementing a cultural materialist theoretical framework. Research indicates the labor required to create a lyre would limit the market to wealthy individuals. This work serves to expand the understanding of hierarchical institutions in ancient England and how social stratification affected access to art.
The Manufacture and Cultural Use of Clay Whistles in Ancient Mesoamerica
- Myra BallingerAnthropologyUndergraduate Student
The function and use of small clay whistles in Mesoamerica has been debated in the archaeological record and theories for their use include ritual practice and imitations of animal vocalizations. In this experimental archaeology project I wish to recreate ancient Mayan whistles, more specifically the style of whistle located in Copan and the imported moulds from sites located in current day Honduras. The whistles themselves can take the form of a variety of figures that could include animals, individuals, and deities. I want to establish a better understanding of the amount of time, resources, and skill needed to manufacture clay whistles and how they were then distributed or traded.
The March of Our Mothers
- Claire WaltonAnthropologyUndergraduate Student
It is ironic that scientific depictions of our hominin ancestors often overlook female representation, despite reproductive success being a major cornerstone of evolutionary theory. The story of evolution is instead told from male-centered, eurocentric perspectives, as in Rudolph Zallinger’s March of Progress (1965). My research employs a feminist critique on such popular models of human evolution in the form of an illustrated depiction of female hominid ancestors based on data from paleontological records and literature review. This research creates a balanced view of our evolutionary history, and encourages appropriate dialogue towards better understanding the evolution of humanity.