Anthropology Magazine

The Sisters of Loretto Share a Kinship With the Earth


  • The sun hangs low over a wide, snowy field with trees, houses, cows, and a dog in the distance.

    The Sisters of Loretto Share a Kinship With the Earth

    An anthropologist looks to a religious community of women in rural Kentucky for scientifically informed lessons in land stewardship. Could they be a model for activists and policymakers to move beyond partisan approaches to climate change?

  • Brown and white horses graze on snow-covered grass in an open field under a white sky.

    We All Live on Permafrost

    Thawing permafrost isn’t just a problem facing the Arctic. An anthropologist who works with Indigenous communities in Siberia argues that the way to turn around climate catastrophe is by engaging all knowledge systems.

  • A grove of oil palm trees is shown turning brown.

    Allying With Parasites to Fight Industrial Oil Palm

    In West Papua, industrial oil palm plantations threaten Marind people’s ways of life. Some in the community find solidarity with resilient parasite species—beetles, rats, fungi, and many more—that attack oil palm trees from within.

  • Three people stand on at the bottom of a hill covered in brown grass with a white house at the top. Two cut long, brown plant stalks while the third person observes.

    These Unheralded Workers Are Helping Prevent the Next Wildfire

    In Southern California, an anthropologist’s research aims to illuminate his late father’s work of weed abatement. He’s learning how crews of migrant Latinx workers bring deep environmental knowledge to stop destructive fires at the wildland-urban interface.