Anthropology Magazine
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To Decolonize, We Must End the World as We Know It

Debate
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Planting Seeds for a More Ethical Future

Debate
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Centering Black Lives in the Study of Human Remains

Debate
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Embracing the Poetry of Being Human

Debate
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Can Anthropology Be Decolonized?

Debate
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A Tree’s Tongue

Expressions
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Indigenizing What It Means to Be Human

Reflections
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What If Neanderthals Had Outlived Homo Sapiens?

Culture Lab
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When Coffee Is Like Angel Cake With Strawberry Jam

Excerpt

Rhyme & Reason: Poetry as a Cultural and Communal Bridge

Expressions
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How Gravestones Shaped as Sheep United the Caucasus

Reflections
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The Paleolithic Age Cooked Up Creative Chefs

Origins
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In Lebanon, Solar Power Is Booming. Why?

Field Notes
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Fishing in the Shadow of Oil

Field Notes
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Is a “Sweet Tooth” Genetic?

Nature/Nurture
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Is War Inevitable? Consider the Ancient Maya

Standpoints
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Best of SAPIENS 2022

Letters
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A Native Alaska Community’s Reckoning With Vaccine Hesitancy

Maladies
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Did Meat Do Neanderthals In?

Unearthed
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A Major Museum’s Attempt to Center Native American Voices

Viewpoint
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The Dangers of Ancient Apocalypse’s Pseudoscience

Counterpoint
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How a Song Bridged Diné and Ndebele Worlds

Expressions
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How Diverse Was Medieval Britain?

Decoded
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A Mass Shooting in the “Evangelical Vatican”

Reflections
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Monogamy. Grandmas. Milk. The Evolution of Childhood Is Very Strange.

Excerpt
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What Commentators Get Wrong (and Right) About North Korea

Conflicted
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Broadening Demands for Reproductive Justice

Standpoints
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Do Mountains Have Souls?

Phenomenon
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What Is Linguistic Anthropology?

Ask SAPIENS
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A Somali Archaeologist Is Championing Heritage in the Horn of Africa

Field Notes
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Heritage Forensics Is Tackling Devastating New Forms of Cultural Erasure

Crisis
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The Family Lives of the Last Neanderthals

Kinship