By: Michael Engelhard If art’s mission is to change public perceptions or to transcend established practices, it can no longer be apolitical, unaware of social or economic currents. The creators of an exhibit that examines the “cultural afterlife” of taxidermised polar bears (nanoq: flat out and bluesome, by Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson) sum up a … Continue reading That Sinking Feeling: Polar Bear Environmental Art
Today's post comes from Guest Ethnographer Dee Thao. This is a beautiful and honest film Dee directed and edited about her search for information and connection to her Hmong heritage and identity. Her "advisor extraordinaire" (and co-star) on this project was ethnography.com's Tony Waters. Dee Thao is a documentarian based out of northern California. Click … Continue reading Searching for Answers: Retracing a Hmong Heritage
In spring 2010 director Lee Mun Wah asked me to co-facilitate a documentary he was shooting that summer titled, If These Halls Could Talk. I remember the day well, it was spring break and I was at home, a tired teacher sitting in the sun outside when the phone rang. I was a fan of Mun Wah's … Continue reading If These Halls Could Talk
Is art ethnographic? Art and visual representation cut across the disciplines but is especially suited for sociological and anthropological inquiry. Art tells us a story about our practices and beliefs and we find ourselves in what we and others create. It also reflects us back to ourselves, sometimes we like it but if it's really good, … Continue reading La Crueldad del Hombre
Happy Halloween from ethnography.com! Nothing says Halloween like this series of photos featuring post-apocalyptic dioramas by photographer Lori Nix. My favorites are the library (of course) and the laundromat at night.
I met Roger, a master carver, while staying at Nugget City, Yukon. Enjoy! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRS2gfXd9MI
I met Robert (and his mother Florence from the previous episode) at the Lil'wat Pow-Wow in Mount Currie, BC. We talk about Carving and Dancing here. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghO_y4Hkgws
Interview with Florence Thomas, a First Nations singer, drummer and dancer, during the Lil'wat pow-wow in June of 2009. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XmB_VhT9Ps
People that I picked up in Whistler and Pemberton, BC in June: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2PL9E55EGc
This is Episode Three of the Ordinary people project. You can see the previous episodes here and join the OPP group on Facebook. Introducing Cara httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qy_a_EaUw0
Dave is a fellow I met in a local bar in Pemberton, BC and agreed to be my first interview, its just took some time to get it together!