Anthropology Magazine

Lead Me to Life: Voices of the African Diaspora


  • Poetry

  • Poetry

    A dilapidated dark, wooden barn stands in a dandelion field surrounded by grass and trees.


    A poet-anthropologist of the African diaspora travels from a northern city to his ancestral home in the rural U.S. South—both as a memory and a belonging.

  • Poetry

    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.

  • Poetry

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


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

  • Poetry

    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.