Updates

So managing a new blog project while also trying to work on (essentially) 5 courses and maintain a certain GPA… well, it’s a tricky balancing act.

This is not the “I’m giving up” post. This is the “oh hey, let’s think of other formats” post. I still plan on writing here on various cultural and archaeological topics. However, more often than not I’m finding a lot of articles I just really want to share. Rather than dedicate entire posts just to say “hey go read this,” I’ve decided to create a facebook page for SWAV for exactly that purpose.

SWAV facebook page

So if you’re interested in thought provoking and just fascinating articles on all sorts of anthropology and anthropology related things, feel free to give it a follow.

People on the move: Deportation & Migration

The movement of people has been in the news a lot lately. Starting with the actual and current movement of people fleeing everything that’s happening in Syria (among other countries), and going to discussed purposed movement of the threat to deport immigrants to the US by presidential candidates. Which is where I’m going to start…

From NPR: Mass deportation sounds unlikely, but it’s happened before
Mexican DeportationAs much as I would love to just ignore him, Donald Trump’s presidential bid is hard to miss. One of the claims he’s made is that he will deport all 11 million illegal immigrants including their children who were born here in the states (and who our constitution explicitly protect). Stuff like this sounds awesome to the racist bigots, but thankfully it’s realistic (or legal). Anyway, in light of all of this, NPR is sharing some of our less great history of when in the 1930s and 40s the US deported up to 2 million Mexican and Mexican Americans — most of whom were actually US citizens. It’s another one of our embarrassing moments. And sadly, these prejudices are still thriving in some areas of our nation.

From NPR: The European Migrant Crisis & Syrian Refugees
Syrian RefugeesI couldn’t pick on article here. There’s just a lot to take in here. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have tried to enter Europe. It’s hard to know what to do about a situation like this. In the US, we’re isolated from this whole thing by a big damn ocean. We have a hard time understanding this because of our Western privilege. We haven’t known terror that drives a person to leave everything behind, to leave their homes, to risk their lives, just for a small hope of a better life. Just because there’s that big damn ocean between us, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care or want to find a way to help them achieve that better life.

Some fun Anth stuff in the news: first americans & a lost colony

So these aren’t breaking news headlines. That comes part when you drag your toes trying to start a new blog project. Anyway. I’ve had these articles opened since I found them with the intent on sharing them. And now I get to do just that.

These two topics have been a source of disagreement.

From Phys.org: Genome analysis pins down arrival and spread of first Americans
Ancient AmericansThe belief that the first populations of Americans came over from Asia via Serbia (aka via the land bridge between Russia and Alaska) is not a new one. Or one that’s too terribly controversial. However there’s been alternative theories that there may have been multiple migrations to the Americas — that possibly the Polynesians or Europeans might factor into the ancestry of Native American groups. These new findings dispel that, and honestly, sequencing ancient genomes is 1) awesome, and 2) exciting.

From NatGeo: We finally have clues to how America’s lost colony vanished
Roanoke If you’re into any sort of historical mysteries or conspiracy theories (or just bad archaeology/history tv shows), then you may have heard of the lost colony of Roanoke. This was the English’s first colony on the states — hoping to chase the riches the Spanish (Cortés) had found with the Mayans. However, it was unsuccessful — even after 2 attempts. Drought/lack of resources plus not so great relations with the local native tribes. When the leader of their expedition, John White, returned to the colony after its second attempt, he found it deserted. It’s been a complete mystery concerning what happened to this colony. And if you know of Roanoke, you’ve probably heard of Croatoan. And if you’re up on things, you may have heard of John White’s map. We’ll, this is the continuation of that adventure.