Daryl Duke Prize

Do you have a story to tell? Consider submitting your screenplay!

The Daryl Duke Prize is an annual $25,000 prize awarded for excellence in a screenplay for a not-yet-produced long-form dramatic film telling a fictional story.

Submissions must be received before 5:00 pm Eastern time on September 30, 2017.

Additional information can be found at the Daryl Duke Prize website.  Last year’s winner was Kate Bond, a Vancouverite!  Read the Rules!

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Dalton Camp Award 2014

The Dalton Camp Award will go to the winner or winners of an essay competition on the link between democracy and the media in Canada.

This year there will be one Award, open to all eligible entrants, consisting of a prize of $10,000, as well as a bronze cast medal by the late Canadian sculptress Dora de Pédèry-Hunt.

In addition, a second Award consisting of a prize of $2,500 may be awarded, at the Selection Committee’s discretion, to the best essay by an entrant who is or was during the 2014 calendar year a student at a recognized post-secondary institution.

For twelve years now, FRIENDS has sponsored the Dalton Camp Award, an essay competition honouring the memory of a great Canadian journalist and political actor who, among his many achievements, was one of FRIENDS’ founders in 1985.

Last year this Award was increased to $10,000 in order to encourage more Canadians to think and write about the link between media and democracy.

The deadline for entries this year is November 15, 2014.

The official rules, past winning essays, a video biography on Dalton Camp, and other details about the Award are available from the Dalton Camp Award website:


AAA Podcast Series

If the discipline of anthropology is still a bit of mystery to you, or you are wondering what anthropologist do, the podcast series produced by the AAA Public Affairs Department may better inform you of the latest issues and news.  In particular, take a look at the Profiles in Practice.

Here’s a list of the themes of the current and past series:

  • Anthropologists in the Field – Find out what anthropologists are doing while conducting their fieldwork.
  • Ordinary Anthropologists Doing Extraordinary Things – Meet every day anthropologists who are bringing innovation to the forefront of the field.
  • Inside the President’s Studio – Get to know anthropologists across all sub-fields in this podcast series by Past President Virginia Dominguez (2010-2011)
  • Profiles In Practice – This online interview series, by CoPAPIA, is geared toward students interested in anthropology but uncertain about the career paths that await them following graduation.

Arson at U’mista Cultural Centre, Alert Bay

Umista announcement

As a result of the fire, the Potlatch Collection has been profoundly affected and has required the efforts of conservation specialists from RBCM, MOA, and Museum at Campbell River.

Curator lends her expert hand (Campbell River Mirror)

Jack Knox: Arson imperils the cultural heart of Alert Bay (Times Colonist)
If you don’t know the significance of the Potlatch Collection as a Canadian, resident of BC, or anthropologist, this Times Colonist article provides a good primer. As well, you can seek and view the documentary, Potlatch: A Strict Law Bids Us Dance (VIU Library, E 99 K9 P612 1975, 54 min).
Here’s a clip from the above documentary:

The video clip below is a preview for Box of Treasures (VIU Library, E 99 K9 B68 2004, 28 min). The documentary explains how the Potlatch Collection was returned to Alert Bay. If you don’t have time to view both documentaries, a condensed and excerpted version is available as Potlatch (22 min) in First Nations: The Circle Unbroken (VIU Library, E 78 C2 F57712).

If you wish to help the U’mista Cultural Society during this time of need, donations can be made through CanadaHelps.org.

Kryptonian Language

Who but a linguistic anthropologist could create Kryptonian?  Dr. Christine Schreyer, UBC Okanagan, did just that!  After two years of silence, she can now talk about her behind-the-scenes work for Man of Steel.  Read her Globe & Mail interview.

Listen to Dr. Schreyer talk about her work:

Based on her research on Star Trek’s Klingon language and Avatar’s Na’vi, the production designer for Man of Steel sought Schreyer’s expertise in developing Kryptonian.  The symbols created for the film are based on the First Nations Cree syllabic writing system.

As part of the marketing for Man of Steel, you can see your name in Kryptonian, as well as know your ancestral house (see mine below, House of Dar).  “My ancestors” stood for trees, roots and ancestors.  Go to the Glyph Creator.

House of Dar: Imogene

House of Dar: Imogene

If someone asks what you can do with anthropology, it might just take you to Hollywood!