Anthropology Magazine
Confronting the Colonial Legacies of Museum Collections

The Humboldt Forum, a new exhibition venue in Berlin, has raised questions about museum restitution and the importance of researching objects’ provenance.

India’s Third Gender Rises Again

Hijras are striving to overcome a century of discrimination and reclaim their holy status in society—through a mix of faith rituals and Facebook.

Why Land Acknowledgments Matter

One anthropologist views the public recognition of traditional lands as a way to remember the past while stepping toward the future.

How the Samoan Tattoo Survived Colonialism

A combination of factors, from geography to group identity, supported the endurance of this traditional body art—even as similar practices were lost in other cultures.

Does Art Have a Homeland?

An anthropologist reflects on contemporary repatriation demands for African art taken during the colonial period.

Will the Iconic Skull of an Ancient Human Return to Zambia?

The United Kingdom has agreed to negotiate the possible relocation of the Kabwe skull. If the move occurs, it would be a triumph for repatriation efforts.

North Sentinel Island and the Right to Be Left Alone

One political anthropologist considers whether a “no-contact” approach to remote Indigenous peoples may—in the long run—lead to unforeseen risks.

Digging Into the Myth of Timbuktu

Long considered by Europeans to be void of archaeological riches, Timbuktu is a treasure trove of ancient human history.

Rethinking Beauty and Race at Dominican-American Hair Salons

Since the colonial era, straight hair has been an exclusive symbol of beauty in Dominican culture. That’s beginning to change.

Confronting Cultural Imperialism in Native American Archaeology

The ethical, legal, and research-oriented tools of archaeology can encourage Native American self-determination rather than undermine it.