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I Cannot Tell Your Lie: Alternate And Dominant Narratives Of Slavery At Mount Vernon, Virginia, Chelsea Elise Hansen May 2013

I Cannot Tell Your Lie: Alternate And Dominant Narratives Of Slavery At Mount Vernon, Virginia, Chelsea Elise Hansen

Anthropology Honors Projects

This project explores divergent narratives of slavery at the Mount Vernon plantation in Virginia. Employees construct the dominant history from “hard” evidence. However, descendants of people enslaved at Mount Vernon tell alternate oral narratives that complicate the dominant story. First, I recount seven descendant ancestry narratives. Next, I analyze the West Ford debate, when Ford descendants and staff contested an enslaved Ford ancestor’s paternity. Lastly, I deconstruct the politics over building a monument in the slave burial ground. The common thread is that Mount Vernon embodies a struggle between an institution and descendants over how to remember a fragmented ...


Humanitarianism And The "National Order Of Things": Examining The Routinized Refugee Response In Eastern Cameroon, Angela Butel May 2013

Humanitarianism And The "National Order Of Things": Examining The Routinized Refugee Response In Eastern Cameroon, Angela Butel

Anthropology Honors Projects

Despite growing academic interest in refugees and international humanitarian responses, the influx of refugees from the Central African Republic into eastern Cameroon, ongoing since 2005, has received little attention in scholarship or even in popular media. Though we know much about what can go wrong in large-scale, politicized refugee crises, less is known about how the refugee response works in more “everyday” refugee situations to effectively address the needs of refugees and their host communities. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted among humanitarian NGOs during a semester in Cameroon, I examine the implications for the host country of the routinized response ...


The Spirits Are My Neighbors: Women And The Rab Cult In Dakar, Senegal, Rachel Mueller May 2013

The Spirits Are My Neighbors: Women And The Rab Cult In Dakar, Senegal, Rachel Mueller

Anthropology Honors Projects

The spirit world is alive and real in Senegal. From jealous lover spirits to benevolent protector spirits, these otherworldly beings have a direct impact on the daily lives of many Senegalese. In this study, I focus on the rab spirit. I argue that the spirit world is a tangible reality in Senegal. Focusing on the Lébou ethnic group, I examine the rab cult as one dimension of the spirit world, and look specifically at its relationship to gender. Analysis of the cult establishes the continued significance of this traditional African religion in the face of a globalizing society. Additionally, it ...


Cultivating Change: Women's Involvement In A Brazilian Seaweed Collective, Wren Brennan Apr 2013

Cultivating Change: Women's Involvement In A Brazilian Seaweed Collective, Wren Brennan

Anthropology Honors Projects

Increased tourism, depleted wild fish populations, and land reassignment have caused socio-environmental changes in a Brazilian artisanal fishing community. This paper examines the implementation of a seaweed cultivation project and the causes behind dwindling local support and management of the project. I argue that the success of the seaweed project hinges on women’s increasing involvement as participants and leaders. The project has improved the availability and value of communal resources and lessened habitually gendered labor divisions; as a result, women have begun to elevate their social status and shift the community’s main livelihood from fishing to sustainable aquaculture ...


This Is Spot Dike J: An Analysis Of Archaeological Materials Recovered From A Multi-Component Site In Pierce County, Wi, Laura E. Holt Apr 2013

This Is Spot Dike J: An Analysis Of Archaeological Materials Recovered From A Multi-Component Site In Pierce County, Wi, Laura E. Holt

Anthropology Honors Projects

Spot Dike J (47PI559) is a multi-component archaeological site, located along the Mississippi River in Pierce County, WI. It was surveyed in 2003 by the USACE, and the recovered artifacts constituted the focus of this project. Through mapping material distribution across the site, as well as analysis of 47PI559 against comparable sites and the available literature, the original site classification as ‘campsite/village’ was determined to be accurate insofar as it is a sufficiently broad term. This project expanded knowledge regarding the timeframe for 47PI559’s occupation, the particulars of its use, and its role within the broader regional and ...