Anthropology Magazine

When Asked if the World Would End They Answer No


  • A black sign with white letters is on the left beside a grove of tall trees and the moss-covered ruins of a building.

    When Asked if the World Would End They Answer No

    An Indigenous anthropologist-poet visits Woody Island in Alaska, formerly the site of the Kodiak Baptist Orphanage in the early 20th-century, where her great-grandfather lived before being sent to the Carlisle Indian School.

  • white feather floats on clear water with rocks at the bottom.


    An Indigenous anthropologist-poet searches for ancestors while acknowledging the need to adapt.

  • Four painted Russian dolls of different sizes lined up from largest to smallest frozen in a block of ice.

    Matryoshka Song

    An Indigenous anthropologist-poet speaks to the Russian colonization of Alaska from 1784–1867 and how stereotypes and histories shape the lives of Indigenous women.

  • A landscape image shows a blue sky with clouds over rocks leading out to water and mountains in the distance.

    Dressing Fish

    The Sugpiaq people in south-central Alaska have faced Russian colonialism, American assimilation policies, and Native American boarding school violence. A descendant and anthropologist-poet claims a radical presence in looking to the past and the future.

  • Ethiopia

    A poet-anthropologist from Nigeria recollects the symbolic power of Ethiopia in the time before his country’s independence from Britain in 1960.