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What a Community’s Mourning of an Owl Can Tell Us

The outpouring of grief over New York’s Flaco the owl, who died recently, reveals how much attitudes toward these creatures…

Bila Mwili

A poet-historian in Tanzania remembers those who have passed but who are still nearby. “Bila Mwili” is part of the…

Replacing Plastic Prayers With Biodegradable Blessings in the Himalayas

As synthetic prayer flags and scarves pollute the Himalayan region, a team of scholars and activists work to spread sustainable…

Taking Cultural Preservation to a New Dimension

A multidisciplinary team of researchers explains historical, cultural, and ethical issues they considered while developing a 3D scan of a…

Fair and Balanced—Weighing Coca With a Wipi in Peru

An Andean community’s use of weighing scales shows how meanings of fairness and justice differ across cultures. THE WIPI SCALE…

Why Nahua Pilgrims Carry Thousands of Papers Up Sacred Peaks

Along mountain pilgrimages, two anthropologists learn how an Indigenous Mesoamerican religion helps people practice a reciprocal relationship with the Earth.…

Giving Winter a Funeral in Transylvania

In a village in Romania, residents maintain a centuries-old carnival tradition called farsang to mark winter’s death. ✽ As the…

A Love Letter to the Munay-Ki

A poet exuberantly gives thanks for the Munay-Ki rites enlivened across the ages and shared by the Q’ero people in…

The Human Roots of Japan’s Cherry Blossoms

Most cherry blossom trees planted in Japan today are the iconic pale-pink somei-yoshino variety—but its reign may be coming to…

a love letter to my qáqnaʔ

A sqilxʷ poet and artist who currently lives in Mohkínstsis, Treaty 7 in Canada speaks to their grandmother of longing…