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Bill Tsi’li’xw James, hereditary chief of the Lummi people, was a teacher of culture, language and art who passed on teachings until his last breath. Featured on The Seattle Times 
A wide variety of College of Arts and Sciences students and faculty have been honored with the 2020 Awards of Excellence. Featured on UW News 
Dear Dr. Kramer, The coronavirus uprooted everyone’s lives and caused major disruptions around the world. But it failed to keep this public announcement under its grip. After a mere 30-day delay, I am proud to announce that I have been selected as a 2020 University of Washington Husky 100. I want to honor Dr. Holly Barker, Lorna Hamill, Kai Wise, Jon Olivera, Tami Hohn and countless other folks who have helped and shaped me throughout my undergraduate education at UW. First Nations at UW,... Read more
Project flyer photo of mother holding child in the air with a corona-19 virus in the background
by Melanie Martin Anthropology faculty Melanie Martin and Dan Eisenberg, along with Eleanor Brindle (Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, CSDE) are collaborating with researchers at the University of Idaho and Washington State University to study maternal-infant transmission and immune responses to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Among the many... Read more
Hollis Miller piloting a skiff around Old Harbor (Photo credit: Ben Fitzhugh)
by Hollis Miller I am an archaeology PhD candidate interested in Indigenous archaeology, the study of colonialism and community-based research methods. My dissertation research is a community-oriented project based in Old Harbor, Alaska, a Sugpiaq village in the Kodiak Archipelago. With my research partners in Old Harbor, I am exploring how Indigenous Sugpiaq communities negotiated Russian colonialism through their daily lives. Russian fur traders began traveling through Sugpiaq... Read more
Boats wait offshore as workers break coral from the Dobo mudflats, and collect clams at the same time.
by Joss Whittaker Stumbling on things I hadn’t planned to investigate is one of my favorite parts of field work. My archaeological research, in the remote Aru Islands of eastern Indonesia, is about old settlements. But while doing this work I also became fascinated with the development in the present, particularly in the archipelago’s capital Dobo. Building houses there relies on a cottage industry of coral breakers. Men and women pry coral from the mudflats flanking the harbor,... Read more
 LEIA project and field school students at a dig site
The Landscape, Encounters and Identity project (LEIAp) is an interdisciplinary landscape archaeology project that seeks to recover the history of occupation in the region of Son Servera (Mallorca, Spain) from the Bronze Age (1900 BCE) until the end of the Islamic occupation (13th century CE).  The Son Servera landscape is rich in prehistoric sites and monuments, including several Early Iron Age stone-walled villages, isolated stone towers (or Taules),... Read more
Ethnoarchaeology students holding up the inflated processed bear intestine. 2020.
by Sven Haakanson Ethnoarchaeology is a sub-field within archaeology that uses sociocultural and archaeological research methods to understand how archaeological sites are created by living people. I had the privilege to conduct ethnoarchaeological research from 1994-98 with the Nenet Reindeer Herders from the Yamal Peninsula, Russia, where I documented how they created, occupied, and abandoned their sites. This experience taught me to see the complexities involved in interpreting... Read more
Covid-19 transmission network model
Goodreau has been in the news twice in recent months, both times related to COVID-19. The first case stemmed from his winter quarter course, Plagues and Peoples, profiled in a previous AnthropoLog. This year’s course coincided with the emergence of the COVID-19 outbreak, first in Wuhan, and then around the world. As the weeks went by, the many topics covered in the course started appearing on the nightly news and... Read more
GRADUATE STUDENTS Baishakhi Basu, a PhD student in biological anthropology, was awarded a 2019-20 Wadsworth Fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation to complete her dissertation entitled, The effect of famine on ovarian aging in Bangladeshi women. The Middle East Center awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship to study Arabic to Delaney Glass for the 2020-21 academic year. Alexandra G. Hammerberg, a PhD student in biological anthropology, received an Honorable Mention in... Read more