Classroom Activities & Projects
Be the Anthropologist!Level: High school - Grade 11 in Ontario
- Discover how anthropologists learn about traditional and modern cultures through the study of artifacts
- Use the vocabulary of anthropology studied in the classroom previously
- Foster independent research and presentation skills; foster teamwork
Divide your students into pairs. Ask each pair to select a shoe from the web exhibition 'Appeasing the Spirits', and to complete Worksheet 3: Be the Anthropologist!. The worksheet asks students to determine how the boot or artifact is indicative of:
- The economic system of traditional Coastal Alaskan peoples (trade, manufacture, origin of materials used, food, shelter, etc.)
- Gender roles in the societies of Coastal Alaskan peoples
- Spiritual and/or religious beliefs among the Coastal Alaskan peoples
- Cultural life (art, dance, music, storytelling, social relationships)
- Social structures (power, hierarchy)
Each boot or artifact is indicative of all these aspects discussed in anthropology. Students should use the web exhibition as a source of information, but can also use other sources for relevant material (library or Internet).
Assign the worksheet either as written homework, or ask each pair to prepare a classroom presentation.