Fieldwork Funding Opportunity (Deadline February 15)

Here’s a great funding opportunity for linguistic and anthropological research in North, Central, and South America.  Canadian projects are accepted!

The Kinkade Language and Culture Fund (KLF) and the Jacobs Research Funds (JRF) provide support for projects involving fieldwork with living peoples of North, Central and South America which result in publication or other dissemination of information about the fieldwork. Priority is given to research on endangered cultures and languages, and to research on the Pacific Northwest. Projects focusing on archival research have low priority, but we welcome proposals to digitize, transcribe and translate old materials that might otherwise be lost or become inaccessible. Relevance of the project to contemporary theoretical issues in anthropology and linguistics is also a criterion used in evaluating proposals.

Funded projects typically focus on linguistic analysis, social-cultural anthropology, ethnolinguistics, or sociolinguistics. Especially appropriate are field studies that address cultural expressive systems, such as music, language, dance, mythology, world view, folk taxonomy, art, intellectual life, and religion. Also appropriate are projects focusing on cultural and linguistic forms in modern contexts, for example, traditional environmental knowledge or social organization.

Projects in archeology, physical anthropology, applied anthropology, and applied linguistics (for example, grants exclusively for technological improvements, development of pedagogical materials, etc.) are not eligible for support. It is expected that both the subjects of research and society in general will ultimately benefit from the knowledge generated by the funded research. The Jacobs Research Funds therefore do not support proprietary research for the exclusive use of any entity, public or private (such as national, state, provincial, or local governments; public or private charities, churches or foundations; tribes or bands; or community groups).

Grant categories:

  1. Individual Grants support research projects administered by a single investigator on a focused problem. The maximum award is $3000 USD or CAD.
  2. Group Grants support work by two or more researchers who will be cooperating on the same or similar projects. The maximum award is $6000 USD or CAD.
  3. The Kinkade Grants honor the memory of the late Dale Kinkade, a linguist known for his work on Salishan languages. Kinkade Grants support projects requiring an intense period of fieldwork, such as research leading to a major work such as a dictionary, collection of texts, etc. They are intended for experienced researchers, such as Ph.D. students working on dissertations, faculty with sabbatical or other period of course release, or retired professors seeking to complete major research. The maximum award is $9000 USD or CAD.

Application Procedure: see

For any questions on the application process, please contact

Deadline: All materials must be received by February 15th, 2018

Online resource: Historical Archaeology

If you are interested in historical archaeology, the papers from the Conference on Historic Site Archaeology are available online, 15 volumes dating from 1967 to 1980.

Other papers from The South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA) are also available online, from Annual Reports, to Archaeology Month Posters, to Occasional Papers.


Robert Gardner, anthropologist, dies

Many will have likely seen a film or two produced by Robert G. Gardner.  As described in the NYT, “His work, known for its sophisticated visual language and sparse narration, unveiled ethnographically distinctive peoples and practices with patience and a kind of objective astonishment.”  Read more about his life: Robert Gardner Dies at 88; Filmed Cultural Practices.


  • Blunden Harbour (1951)
  • Dances of the Kwakiutl (1951)
  • Mark Tobey (1952)
  • The Hunters (1962)
  • Dead Birds (1964)
  • Marathon (1965)
  • People and Particles (1965)
  • The Great Sail (1966)
  • Imaginero (1968)
  • The Nuer (1971)
  • Land-Divers of Melanesia (1972)
  • Screening Room (1972-1981), Boston television series
  • Mark Tobey Abroad (1973)
  • Rivers of Sand (1974)
  • African Carving (1975)
  • Altar of Fire (1976)
  • Deep Hearts (1981)
  • Sons of Shiva (1985)
  • Forest of Bliss (1986)
  • Ika Hands (1988)
  • Dancing With Miklos (1993)
  • Passenger (1997)
  • Scully in Malaga (1998)
  • Testigos (1998)
  • Good to Pull (Bon à Tirer) (2000)

Course offerings – Cowichan campus 2014/15

Course offerings at Vancouver Island University Cowichan Campus 2014/2015

ANTH 111 (3) Introductory Anthropology: Physical Anthropology /Archaeology
An introduction to the theories, methods and research findings of physical/biological anthropology and archaeology, focusing on the origin and evolution of humans and of cultures.
Research Project: archeological site map, making a tool without the use of modern materials or technology, and creating a replica of an Upper Paleolithic sculpture.

ANTH 112 (3) Introductory Anthropology: Sociocultural Anthropology
A cross-cultural approach to sociocultural anthropology, involving both simple and complex societies. Topics include the relationship between anthropology and the philosophy of science, cultural ecology, systems of government, supernatural beliefs and practices, marriage and the family, law and social control, economy, age and gender, art and aesthetics, technology, and the dynamics of cultural change.
Projects: your family history

NOTE: The following two courses are taught together
ANTH 267 (3) Anthropology of Education
An introduction to the basic concepts, theories, and methodologies of anthropology of education. Topics include cross-cultural methods of transmission and retention of cultural and social knowledge; linguistic diversity; and the history of education in Canada including segregation, assimilation, integration and multiculturalism. Major units of analysis include gender, ethnicity, and class.
Prerequisite: Second-year standing or permission of instructor.
ANTH 307 (3) Culture and Education in Global Context
A cross-cultural analysis of education addressing cultural, social, political, and economic dynamics in North America and abroad. Topics include ethnography in the classroom; critical analysis of multicultural, anti-racist, and indigenous forms of education; theories of cultural difference and production; and practical implications for students and teachers. Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
Projects: TBA

ANTH 280 (3) Oral Tradition Through Time: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
An introduction to the oral traditions of various cultures. Topics include oral history methodology, research ethics, the role of the researcher, the joint construction of life history documents, and the value of oral history research as a resource to the community. Prerequisite: ANTH 112 or ANTH 121 or permission of instructor.
Research Project: recording a life history

ANTH 316 (3) The Anthropology of Homelessness
An examination of homelessness in a cross-cultural perspective. Topics include urban homelessness; rural homeless-ness; possible pathways out of homelessness; local initiatives; gender and age; identity and place; and diasporas and diaspora communities. Prerequisite: Third-year standing or permission of the instructor.
Projects: community based research (TBA) and participation in Cowichan Valley Homelessness Action Week

For information, contact: Helene Demers or Imogene Lim (chair)

Anthropology: The study of humankind in all places and in all times
Respect, Cross-Cultural Awareness, and Cross-Cultural Understanding