Anthropology Magazine
Tree Rings Are Evidence of the Megadrought—and Our Doom

Scientists are using dendroclimatology to investigate megadroughts in the western U.S., and the trees are telling a disturbing tale.

Hard Water

A poet-anthropologist honors World Poetry Day with a piece that imagines alchemizing the suffering and devastation of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Surfing in Color

A poet-anthropologist witnesses people of the African diaspora “riding waves across the surfable globe.”

Adapt or Abandon? Hard Choices in the Himalayas

Anthropologists are documenting how global warming is transforming Asia’s water tower and threatening the livelihoods of farmers and herders.

What Do Goats and Wars Have to Do With Glacier Loss?

In the Indian Himalayas, elders see a link between the erosion of community and the erosion of ice.

And You Watch as We Make Woodwater Again

SAPIENS poet-in-residence Justin D. Wright speaks to the elemental craft of Black survival, photosynthesis, and sweet tea making in an anti-Black racist society.

How to Survive Climate Change in the India-Bangladesh Borderlands

As erosion and rising waters threaten the Sundarbans, an anthropologist advocates for new, bottom-up approaches to living in a changing landscape.

The Struggles of a “River People” in Assam

For decades, the Mising people, a minority group in Northeast India, have fought for tribal autonomy and cultural recognition. Today they face growing challenges to their way of life.

Arrival Waters

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

A Nepalese Region Reclaims Its Holy Water

An anthropologist’s research on water insecurity reveals how clean water can reinforce a community’s physical and spiritual health.