Cultures of Past & Present

Cultures of Past & Present

Anthropology is a discipline that employs multiple perspectives to understand the diversity of the human experience across space and time. Anthropologists seek not only to define how people organize their lives and fashion meaning from the world, but also to understand how and why cultures change.

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Anthropology is about us – all the people of the world.  Where we came from, where we’ve been, and in some cases, where we are going.  We are interested in the first primates to walk on their hind legs, to the emperors of China, the people that built the pyramids, the first families to make America their home, and people that work in factories today.  We search for information about modern diseases we’ve inherited from our ancestors, how governments are run, and why families are more diverse than we see on television, and the causes of domestic violence or addiction.  Anthropologists explore how languages affect the way we think and identify ourselves to others, and even the beginnings of language, symbolic thought, and music.  Who we are is what Anthropologists study.

2016 Archaeology Day

Archaeology DayInternational Archaeology Day is celebrated on October 15th at the University Center! Free and open to all ages! 

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UAA Anthropology in the News!

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    Estonian Fulbright winner talks about UAA and her exploration of mask-making

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    ‘I want to strengthen the fabric of Unangan lives’

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    Recording lived history, at a Hatcher Pass gold mine

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DEPARTMENT SPOTLIGHT

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Dr. Doug Veltre is being recognized for his many years of Anthropology research.

Dr. Doug Veltre

ACADEMIC ADVISOR

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If you have questions about the Anthropology Program, contact Erin Nance, 907-786-1356 or esnance@alaska.edu, the Academic Advisor for the Social Sciences. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged.