Archaeologist Studies Ancient Food for Thought

Archaeologist Studies Ancient Food for ThoughtNatalie Munro is a zooarchaeologist, that is, an archaeologist who studies the remains of animals collected by humans in the archaeological record. Her data includes animal skeletal remains (bones and teeth) that most often represent the garbage of past human meals. She uses ecological models to study the interactions between humans and animals in the past.

Paraguay: Indigenous Peoples tell their own stories

Paraguay: Indigenous Peoples tell their own storiesAmnesty International has facilitated a unique photographic project that helps two Indigenous communities in Paraguay tell their own stories through the pictures they take.
The organization, alongside NGOs Photovoice and the Paraguayan NGO Tierra Viva, backed the project that enables the Yakye Axa and the Sawhoyamaxa communities, who have been fighting to regain the right to live on their ancestral lands, to take photographs that reflect their struggle and tell the stories of their daily lives.

Amazon Tribe Using Android Phones to Combat Deforestation

Amazon Tribe Using Android Phones to Combat DeforestationGoogle recently announced the Earth Engine, which is attempting to compile historical and real-time satellite imagery to paint a picture of deforestation and environmental damage around the world. As a part of the project, Google is training and equipping the Surui tribe in the Amazon rainforest so they can take pictures, video, and measurements of the forest and update a public database with the changes happening around them. With that data, research and administrative partners can take appropriate action.

Councilor calls for return of traditional Aboriginal hunting

Councilor calls for return of traditional Aboriginal huntingAn Aboriginal councilor at the Hualien County Council yesterday urged the central government to amend the Wildlife Conservation Act (野生動物保育法) so that Aborigines can regain the liberty to engage in traditional hunting practices.
Hualien County Councilor Yu Hsia-fu (余夏夫) of the Amis tribe said police stationed at Taroko National Park had arrested many Aborigines recently on suspicion of engaging in what was termed “illegal hunting.”

Summit Outside: Magpies: Scourge or shaman?

Summit Outside: Magpies: Scourge or shaman?A “tiding,” “gulp,” “murder” or “charm?” These are the terms or collective nouns used for groups, or assemblages of magpies. A “murder” is also used for a group of crows (“Murder of Crows” is also a title for a film), and magpies belong to the crow family. Magpies have lived in close association with humans for many centuries, and their brash behaviors have inspired all kinds of tales and superstition such as the cartoon characters “Heckle and Jeckle” — implying that their loud screeching or cacophony is somewhat abrasive or offensive.