Anthropology

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GN 11.5 Directories

Worldwide Email Directory of Anthropologists (WEDA)

Summary:
Worldwide Email Directory of Anthropologists (WEDA) is a "...volunteer project established to aid in communication between scholars of anthropology from around the world. Here, anthropology is taken in its widest sense, to include physical, earth, and social scientists, as well as their colleagues in the humanities." The site also includes listings on students, applied anthropologists, professionals, and avocationalists. Presently, over 1200 institutions and 3,400 individuals are represented in the listings.
Within the site's main page, the user will find several search fields: (1) name (person or business); (2) institution/business affiliation; (3) address information; and (4) research interests. After filling in applicable fields, resulting matches will be an alphabetical listing of individuals or organizations. For each entry within the listing, the following is found: (1) name of individual or title of organization; (2) business address; and (3) phone, fax, and e-mail information. Titles and names found within entries are direct links to the WWW.
At the bottom of the site's main page are links to searching information, an area for updating or correcting a site entry, a user comments area, site statistics, and a link to search other directories.
The site is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology; the University of Buffalo; Buffalo, New York.
To Search:
Fill in applicable search fields found in main page; browse through resulting matching entries. Titles and names within entries are direct links to the WWW.

GN 380 Ethnology. Social and Cultural Anthropology. Cultural Traits, Customs, and Institutions. Threatened Societies

Cultural Survival Quarterly

Summary:
Cultural Survival Quarterly (CSQ) is the award-winning magazine of Cultural Survival, the "...international human rights group for indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities founded in 1972. CSQ's mission is based on the belief that survival of these peoples depends on the preservation of their rights in deciding how to adapt traditional ways to a changing world. Articles explore the interconnected issues that affect indigenous and ethnic communities, including environmental destruction, land rights, sustainable development, and cultural preservation programs. Each issue...includes a central theme with supporting articles in addition to news, resources, book reviews, and general interest pieces."
After accessing the quarterly's page, users will find a description of the latest issue, as well as its contents and guest editor. Scrolling below this field, users will find general information on the publication, as well as a listing of past issues' titles. For each entry, a photo of the cover, a description of contents, and information on the guest editor are provided. At the bottom of the site's main page are links to back issues, guidelines for writers, and advertising rates.
The back issues link accesses a comprehensive listing of past copies of CSQ. Users may seek issues based on a subject index or a geographically based index, each accessible through the top of this area. Individual entries reveal the title of the issue, its volume and issue numbers, and its code number. Listings are ordered chronologically, beginning with the most recent issue. Titles can be ordered through the publisher; instructions are obtained underneath the titles list. Manuscript guidelines for writers detail explicit instructions for articles and other texts. Specifications for advertisers are given in the third link, which also includes closing dates for advertisements.
The publication and its site are maintained by Cultural Survival, Incorporated; Cambridge, Massachusetts.
To Search:
Browse through site contents to view recent issue covers, contents, and details on guest editors. Select back issues listings to view past publications and specifications for ordering these texts.

Indigenous Environmental Network

Summary:
The Indigenous Environmental network is "...an alliance of grassroots indigenous peoples whose mission is to protect the sacredness of Mother Earth from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining, and respecting the tradtional teaching and the natural laws...." The network's major activites include: (1) providing a national clearinghouse on information of environmental issues affecting indigenous peoples; (2) acting as a resource and referral network for technical information; (3) offering national, regional, and local advocacy on grassroots issues; (4) organizing grassroots resource, referral,training, and strategy development; (5) planning an annual conference in the field; and (6) offering information on indigenous grassroots environmental groups and tribal governmental environment groups.
Within the site's homepage are access points to the table of contents and an ongoing fundraising effort and accompanying announcement. The site's listings feature the following categories: (1) links; (2) "who we are"; (3) notices; (4) educational information; (5) fire, earth, water, and air; and (6) north, south, east, and west. The first topic offers information on how to handle site access problems and how to view information from similar sites. For details on the network's history, goals, memberships, and environmental concerns, users should access the second topic. The "notices 'section features recent news in the indigenous environmental field; titles of topics are links to their respective areas within the site, where users will find a description of the topic or event.
Educational information within the site is accessible through links, revealing a map of proposed threats to Native American lands in North America, a description of tribal government operations, a risk assessment area, and a description of the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit. The "fire, earth, water, and air" link offers details on environmental concerns -- such as dumping, logging, mining, nuclear research and operations, toxic emissions, fishing, dams, and oil spills. The table of contents specifies under which of the four areas such topics appear. Selecting a topic title then accesses its contents within the site. Lastly, the compass's four directions would normally provide information, but presently, this area is not operational.
The site is sponsored and maintained by the Indigenous Environmental Network; Bemidji, Minnesota.
To Search:
Select table of contents link from homepage; then select topic of interest from contents listing, Follow onscreen links to view desired records.

GN 476.73 Ethnobotany

American Indian Ethnobotany Database: Foods, Drugs, Dyes, and Fibers of Native North American Peoples

Summary:
This database is designed to reflect botanical aspects of food, drugs, dyes, and fibers of Native North American peoples. The American Indian Ethnobotany database not only provides a scientific description of the plants, but also speaks of them in terms of their cultural significance to Native American tribes.
Users will find a search engine on the site's main page, which is activated through submitting a keyword. Specifications on searches can be made, following the site's instructions. When the records are accessed, users will find the following: the plant's botanical name; the variety of plant (specified within the record); common name of plant; genus of plant; usage specifics, according to tribe and intent; description of plant use; and the source for the record's information. Within the source's documentation, the user notes: the author's name (last,first, middle initial); date of publication; title of the book or article; source of article; publisher information (name, city, state); issue number and pages (if article); and page numbers (if book).
The site is maintained by Dan Moerman, Professor of Anthropology; University of Michigan, Dearborn, Michigan.
To Search:
Submit keywords into provided search engine space. Matching records are alphabetically listed, according to plant's botanical name. Browse through entries.

Ethnobotany and Paleoethnobotany: A Bibliography

Summary:
Ethnobotany and Paleoethnobotany: A Bibliography is "...intended only as a general overview of ethnobotany and paleoethnobotany." The primary thrust is food. Also included are references on domesticated and wild foodstuffs, dendrochronology, pollen analysis, medicine, culturally scarred trees...tobacco, and mescalism and peyotism." Users should scroll to view the bibliography's table of contents, displayed in the site's main page. Below this area are the entire contents of the bibliography.
The site offers the table of contents, whose contents reflect: (1) Acknowledgements; (2) Introduction; (3) Section One -- "Alphabetical by Author"; (4) Section Two -- "Primary References Consulted"; (5) Section Three -- "List of Scientific (Latin) and Common Names"; (6) Section Four -- "List of Tribes or Archaeologically Named Cultures"; and (7) Section Five -- "Alphabetical Under Subject Groupings." Within the final section, subjects discussed include: acorns/nuts; coprolites; cultigens; dendrochronology; maize/grain; medicine; mescalism/peyoteism; origins of agriculture; peeled/scarred trees; plant manuals/guides; pollen; rock shelters/bluff shelters/caves; tobacco; and general sources.
The site is maintained by Michael A. Pfeiffer; Ozark-St.Francis National Forest; Russellville, Arkansas.
To Search:
Scroll past table of contents to view contents of bibliography.

EthnoBotDB

Summary:
EthnoBotDB is a plant reference database, a division of the Agricultural Genome Information Server (AGIS), dedicated to "...genome information for agriculturally important organisms." EthnoBotDB is an "...SQL-based database...housed at the National Germplasm Resources Laboratory...[and] contains 80,000 records of plant uses world-wide." The site's main page is a search engine for the databse, revealing various fields for narrowing search results.
Users may choose from several entry fields in searching: by common name (and other subject categories); querying by example; query builder; ACEDB query language; table maker; and selecting a new database. In the first field, users may personalize their search through a selection from this group: common name, country, ethnobotany, family, genus, references, taxon, text, and use. A browsing field can then be activated, which, in turn, produces a page of possible sublists for narrowing purposes. A title chosen from this page then yields the subject class and the plant's taxon. Specific taxonomical details can then be found, as well as a list of all applicable plants within a given portion of a plant's taxon.
Querying by example and the query builder fields are both activated through a keyword entry system. Knowledge of the ACEDB query language is required for its respective searching method; users may create a table for results through the table-making option. Accessing other databases occurs through the last search field on the main page. In all cases, users must follow onscreen links to view desired records.
The database was developed by Stephen M. Beckstrom-Sternberg; and is maintained within the National Germplasm Resources Laboratory (NGRL), the Agricultural Research Service (ARS); the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
To Search:
Fill in desired search class (first entry field) within search engine. Then choose "browsing" method or more specified search. Follow onscreen links to view desired plant records.

People and Plants Handbook: Sources of Information on the Management of Biological Resources, Conservation and Community Development

Summary:
The People and Plants Handbook: Sources of Information on the Management of Biological Resources, Conservation and Community Development is a handbook published by the Peoples and Plants Initiative, which "...was started...to promote and support community based ethnobotanical work in the humid tropics, in order to contribute to the sustainable and equitable use of plant resources....[A] large amount of information has been collected on program[s], projects, foundations, professional societies, journals, and individuals linked in some way to the broad subject of ethnobotany, biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development." This handbook disseminates such information; it is aimed at project and park managers, ethnobotanists, cultural promoters, and NGO members.
The handbook and its site are currently under development. Here, users will find a table of contents, explaining the modules of the handbook. These divisions are noted as: (1) "Keeping in Touch" -- newsletters, societies, and networks; (2) "Protecting Rights and Resources"-- ethics, intellectual property rights, and research agreements; (3) "Sharing Results" -- community and environmental education; and (4) "Learning Skills" -- manuals, training courses, and educational materials.
The first module's release date was scheduled for May of 1995. Subsequent modules were determined for release through 1996. Information on requesting further details is found in the site's main page, as are links to the People and Plants Initiative, The Center for Economic Botany, and the Royal Botanical Gardens WWW homepage.
The site is sponsored by the Center for Economic Botany; the Royal Botanic Gardens; Key, Richmond, Surrey; UK.
To Search:
Site's main page reflects total contents. Further information address on contents is provided.

World Wide Web Virtual Library: Indigenous Studies

Summary:
World Wide Web Virtual Library: Indigenous Studies is composed of WWW holdings of the Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS), the WWW holdings of the Australian National University's Aboriginal Studies WWW Virtual Library, and the Nunavut's Circumpolar and Aboriginal North American WWW Virtual Library. Together, these holdings comprise the most extensive collection on indigenous studies available on the WWW.
Upon accessing the site, the user will find links to the WWW Virtual Library main index, alphabetical index, category subtree index, and the Library of Congress. Likewise, links are provided to all of the site's sponsors and those organizations whose holdings comprise the contents of this site. Users wishing to submit information on a site or to e-mail the site's creators can do so with provided links at the top of the main page.
Major categories within the site include: (1) general indigenous studies resources; (2) indigenous resources for Africa; (3) indigenous resources for Asia and the Middle East; (4) indigenous resources for Central and South America; (5) indigenous resources for Europe; and (6) indigenous resources for the Pacific. Within each category, sites are listed alphabetically by title. Each site's entry includes : the site's title; the name of the sponsoring organization or agency; country of sponsor; and a description of the site's contents and scope. Users can move directly to a major category by selecting its title from the main page or can move through the site by scrolling.
The site is maintained by John Burrows; Northwest Nexus; Bellevue, Washington.
To Search:
Select category title to move directly to contents or browse through listings. Titles of sites are direct links to the WWW.

GN 495.4 Societal Groups. Ethnic Groups

World Wide Web Virtual Library: Indigenous Studies

Summary:
World Wide Web Virtual Library: Indigenous Studies is composed of WWW holdings of the Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS), the WWW holdings of the Australian National University's Aboriginal Studies WWW Virtual Library, and the Nunavut's Circumpolar and Aboriginal North American WWW Virtual Library. Together, these holdings comprise the most extensive collection on indigenous studies available on the WWW.
Upon accessing the site, the user will find links to the WWW Virtual Library main index, alphabetical index, category subtree index, and the Library of Congress. Likewise, links are provided to all of the site's sponsors and those organizations whose holdings comprise the contents of this site. Users wishing to submit information on a site or to e-mail the site's creators can do so with provided links at the top of the main page.
Major categories within the site include: (1) general indigenous studies resources; (2) indigenous resources for Africa; (3) indigenous resources for Asia and the Middle East; (4) indigenous resources for Central and South America; (5) indigenous resources for Europe; and (6) indigenous resources for the Pacific. Within each category, sites are listed alphabetically by title. Each site's entry includes : the site's title; the name of the sponsoring organization or agency; country of sponsor; and a description of the site's contents and scope. Users can move directly to a major category by selecting its title from the main page or can move through the site by scrolling.
The site is maintained by John Burrows; Northwest Nexus; Bellevue, Washington.
To Search:
Select category title to move directly to contents or browse through listings. Titles of sites are direct links to the WWW.
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