I worked on a project in Bulgaria that produced a number of short films about Roma. This taught me some lessons about the use of ethnographic films in education and advocacy.
Misrepresentation of cultures, romanticizing old cultural traits, and presenting them as reality, and how this lead to stereotyping both at the level of cultural wholes and at the level of individuals.
The changing views concerning the position and role of the individual in culture.
The social anthropologist Fredrik Barth, born 1928, passed away in 2016. These are a few personal memories I have about and with him.
The role of death, burial, and cemeteries in culture. Elements of a cross-cultural analysis, with examples from India, Norway, and USA.
The woman performing in this video is Olena Uutai, from the Sakha Republic in Russia. She calls herself an "ethnic musician". Maybe so. It can certainly be understood a case of cultural appropriation.
International tourism has a downside to it, one that is of growing concern. This is the impact it has on local cultures and local environments. The case of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico s presented.
This gadget is a collapsable, reusable, and portable drinking straw. It aims to reduce plastic waste. Is this a good example of sustainable resource and waste management?
There is a pattern to how elites, across time and space, relate to minorities. A fundamental principle of such institutionalized discrimination is to give preferential treatment to ones own.
A bamboo grove in Kathmandu, Napal, and bamboo's ecology and use in culture, inspired me to formulate some thoughts about how to understand cultures, the relations between cultures, and the various ways of traveling within cultures and explore them, as well as between them.