Projects Funded in 1996

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Degree Program
Location Project Title & Abstract
Kelli Church
B.A. Anth
Montana & Idaho Earth First!: A Subculture in American Society

Advisors: Unknown 

Paula Hirschoff
M.A. Anth
Zimbabwe Local Attitudes Toward Wildlife at a Community-Based Wildlife Management Project

Advisor: David Gow

The project examines local attitudes toward wildlife as they affect sustainable use of wild species within the framework of a community-based management program in Zimbabwe named CAMPFIRE (Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources). My assumption is that these attitudes are part of an evolving discourse on wildlife influenced by both traditional beliefs that remain strong in rural communities and community-based management and sustainable use theories and practices that have been reintroduced relatively recently through development and environmental projects. Do these two discourses influence each other? My goal is to explore whether the points of intersection between the two have any relevance for the planning, implementation, operation, and evaluation of programs like CAMPFIRE.

Sandra Kammann
M.A. Anth
Greece (Athens & Crete) Continuity and Change: Sacred Meaning in the Greek Landscape

Advisor: Catherine Allen

Goals: To understand the ways in which myth, ritual and drama were intertwined in pre-Hellenic Greece, and how the Greek people's relationship to the landscape and sacred sites played an integral part in their religious life. To investigate ways in which Greek drama as a "representation" of religious meaning both embodies and differs from the transformative principle of communitas, from the perspective of audience as well as performer.  To analyze (a) shifts in Greek myth and drama as indicators of sociopolitical struggles for control of meaning; (b) changing "ideological environments" in which access to communitas through ritualized activity can be undermined by shifting circumstances.

Diana Santillán
M.A. Wom Stu
Peru (Trujillo) Women's Grassroots Organizing in Peru

Advisor: Catherine Allen

Since the 1980s, the world economic crisis has greatly affected women's situations. In Latin America, a network of women's groups has emerged, giving rise to the notion of "popular feminism," a feminism that attempts to link across women's class and race differences. The topic of my research will be women's participation in grassroots organizing in Peru. It will focus on the manner in which women's groups at different levels network with each other and how women working within these varied groups seek to influence public policy. The study will explore different women's perceptions of the main issues and challenges in which they are involved and their relationship with the larger women's movement.

Julie Tatum
M.A. Anth
Honduras (Catacamas) Test Excavation of Jamasquire Cave

Advisor: James Brady

The goal of this project is to conduct test excavations in the Jamasquire Cave, which is located in northeastern Honduras near Catacamas. The Jamasquire Cave is part of the larger Jamasquire site. Excavation of the cave will consist of test units used to determine the chronology and function of the cave. By determining the chronology and function of the cave, a relationship with the greater Jamasquire site should be discovered. Relationships might also be discovered with surrounding sites, such as the Talgua.

Kristen Walker
B.A. Anth
Chile (Temuco) The Mapuche and Silversmithing: A Passing of History

Advisor: Catherine Allen

The Mapuche Indians of Chile occupy the southern region known as La Frontera. From the time of Spanish occupation through the independence of Chile, the Mapuche people have been subjected to invasion, loss of land, and Chilean law. In spite of these forces, the Mapuche have been able to maintain to great measure their culture and identity. The Mapuche preserve this identity through oral tradition and symbols in their art, weaving, jewelry, and music. The purpose of my project is to look at how the Mapuche used silver in the decorative jewelry and heirlooms worn by women to pass on family and cultural history.

Caroline Yezer
M.A. Anth
Chicago, IL Gentrifiers/Gentrified: The Politics of Identity in Chicago's Wicker Park

Advisor: Richard Grinker

Wicker Park is an urban neighborhood of Chicago whose ethnic and economic landscapes have undergone intense "redevelopment" in the last 10 years. Demographic studies indicate that Wicker Park's ethnic population has changed from a mainly Latino and Eastern European immigrant, working-class population to include an expanding "white" middle class. This new influx of people has had an effect on the area that some longer-term residents negatively call the "gentrification" or "whitening" of Wicker Park. What this project aims to discover is how certain factions of the neighborhood experience and conceptualize both their own identities as well as the identities of others, along the political lines that the language of "gentrification" provides. I hope to show how the everyday construction of such identity is a politically negotiated process, both formed and constrained by social scientific concepts of race, class and ethnicity.