Anthropology Magazine

The Fight to Secure Rights for Rainforests


  • Human Nature

  • Dwelling

  • Crisis

    Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform - A poster in an Ebola response center breaks down the evolving response to the epidemic—including efforts to address social and cultural concerns.

    Can Social Scientists Help Control Epidemics?

    New collaborative efforts, such as the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform, are allowing anthropologists and other scholars to help align public health efforts with the on-the-ground knowledge and lived experience of people facing epidemics.

  • Poetry

    Arrival Waters Nathaniel Tarn

    Arrival Waters

    A poet-anthropologist’s initial arrival in Guatemala decades ago yielded a new beginning—and a limitless illumination.

  • Poetry

    El Pedregal Poem

    Heart of Stone

    An anthropologist-poet reflects on the stories that spiral on a lava field near Mexico City named El Pedregal, asking what it means to be a part of the Earth.

  • Crisis

    Orang Rimba covid-19 - An Orang Rimba man named Nyeruduk stands in front of a tent on a rubber plantation in Sumatra.

    Social Distancing in a Sumatra Rainforest

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orang Rimba, hunter-gatherers in Sumatra’s rainforests, are trying to preserve traditions—including isolating the sick and keeping away from outsiders—despite being displaced from much of their ancestral lands.