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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth; 13th edition (March 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495810827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495810827
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.7 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Dr. William A. Haviland is Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont, where he founded the Department of Anthropology and taught for thirty-two years. He holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. He has carried out original research in archaeology in Guatemala and Vermont; ethnography in Maine and Vermont; and physical anthropology in Guatemala. This work has been the basis of numerous publications in various national and international books and journals, as well as in media intended for the general public. His books include The Original Vermonters, co-authored with Marjorie Power, and a technical monograph on ancient Maya settlement. He also served as consultant for the award-winning telecourse, Faces of Culture, and is co-editor of the series Tikal Reports, published by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Besides his teaching and writing, Dr. Haviland has lectured to numerous professional as well as non-professional audiences in Canada, Mexico, Lesotho, South Africa, and Spain, as well as in the United States. A staunch supporter of indigenous rights, he served as expert witness for the Missisquoi Abenakis of Vermont in an important court case over aboriginal fishing rights. Awards received by Dr. Haviland include being namedUniversity Scholar by the Graduate School of the University of Vermont in 1990; a Certificate of Appreciation from the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, St. Francis/Sokoki Band in 1996; and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Research on Vermont in 2006. Now retired from teaching, he continues his research, writing, and lecturing from the coast of Maine. His most recent book is At the Place of the Lobsters and Crabs (2009).

Dr. Harald E.L. Prins is a University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Kansas State University. Born in the Netherlands, he studied at universities in Europe and the United States. He has done extensive fieldwork among indigenous peoples in South and North America, published many dozens of articles in seven languages, authored The Mi’kmaq: Resistance, Accommodation, and Cultural Survival (1996), co-authored Indians in Eden (2009), and co-edited American Beginnings (1994) and other books. Also trained in film, he has made award-winning documentaries and served as president of the Society for Visual Anthropology and visual anthropology editor of the American Anthropologist. Dr. Prins has won his university’s most prestigious undergraduate teaching awards, held the Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars (2004–2005), and was selected as Professor of the Year for the State of Kansas by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2008. Active in human rights, he served as expert witness in Native rights cases in the U.S. Senate and various Canadian courts, and was instrumental in the successful federal recognition and land claims of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs (1991). Dr. Prins was appointed Research Associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (2008–2011), and served as guest professor at Lund University in Sweden (2010).

Bunny McBride, who holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University, is an award-winning author specializing in cultural anthropology, indigenous peoples, international tourism, and nature conservation issues. Published in dozens of national and international print media, she has reported from Africa, Europe, China, and the Indian Ocean. Highly rated as a teacher, she served as visiting anthropology faculty at Principia College, the Salt Institute for Documentary Field Studies, and since 1996 as adjunct lecturer of anthropology at Kansas State University. McBride’s many publications include Women of the Dawn (1999), Molly Spotted Elk: A Penobscot in Paris (1995), and Indians in Eden: Wabanakis and Rusticators on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, 1850s–1920s (co-authored, 2009). The Maine State legislature awarded her a special commendation for significant contributions to Native women’s history (1999). A community activist and researcher for the Aroostook Band of Micmacs (1981–1991), McBride assisted this Maine Indian community in its successful efforts to reclaim lands, gain tribal status, and revitalize cultural traditions. She has curated various museum exhibits based on her research, most recently Journeys West: The David & Peggy Rockefeller American Indian Art Collection for the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine. Currently she is working on a new book co-authored with Harald Prins (From Indian Island to Omaha Beach: The Story of Charles Shay, Penobscot Indian War Hero, 2010) and a series of museum exhibitions based on a two-volume study co-authored with Harald Prins for the National Park Service (Asticou’s Island Domain, 2007). McBride also serves as oral history advisor for the Kansas Humanities Council and as board member and vice president of the Women’s World Summit Foundation, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Dana Walrath is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Vermont and a Women’s Studies-affiliated faculty member. She earned her PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and is a medical and biological anthropologist with principal interests in biocultural aspects of reproduction, the cultural context founded and directed an innovative educational program at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine that brings anthropological theory and practice to first-year medical students. Before joining the faculty at the University of Vermont in 2000, she taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Health Resources and Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Templeton Foundation. Dr. Walrath’s publications have appeared in Current Anthropology, American Anthropologist, and American Journal of Physical Anthropology. An active member of the Council on the Anthropology of Reproduction, she has also served on a national committee to develop women’s health-care learning objectives for medical education and works locally to improve health care for refugees and immigrants.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By semore butts on August 1, 2011
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I found this book to be very well organized and that helped me study for my tests and find the right sections when I did my assignments. I thought the book was pretty interesting and I didn't get too bored when I was doing my reading assignments.

I had this same book in the Loose leaf form that has no binding but has 3 holes to put in a binder. It was the 13th edition and the same exact book as this but cheaper, here it is: Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge

Overall I thought this book was pretty good for my class and it helped me get an A.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 2004
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I couldn't disagree more with the previous reviewer and felt the need to add my review to explain the absurdity of theirs. This book is very insighful, interesting, and makes perfect sense. Quite a bit of the writers opinions are included, but that is the case with most books on the social sciences. It is almost an unavoidable reality that the author will flavor the text with their own personal experience. The previous reviewer (a mathematician) seems more intent on discrediting Anthropology as a science than presenting the real facts. If one is truly interested in gleaning a generalized view of all the anthropological disciplines from one text, this book comes highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather R Olson on February 23, 2013
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I'm usually easy to please with text books, but I found this one impossible to read. Just very boring, and some of the topics don't seem in sequence. The discovery of different fossils didn't seem to go in chronological order in the chapters, making it confusing as to what was discovered first. This was very frustrating when this is the very information you need to know for anthro exams. I'd end up using online sources to figure out the info I needed for study guides. Not happy when I'm paying $100 for a book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Wyatt on June 10, 2013
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this text is so interesting, and so engaging, and reads a little bit more like an excellent magazine than a textbook. the chapters are in a good succession and i REALLY liked reading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda on October 25, 2009
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I've used this book a couple of times for teaching either college freshmen or high school students and it is well-received. The readings are engaging and the authors bring in plenty of contemporary examples of uses for anthropology today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beches on June 15, 2014
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I have frequently used past editions as an introductory text to cultural anthropology. They were interesting, attractively illustrated, and generally liked by my students. This is a committee effort and it shows. Although the material covered is similar, the text is more turgid and harder to get through-- I am talking about style and not content. Even the photographs seem of poorer quality but this may reflect publishing costs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Pearce on May 24, 2013
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This book was great. It has so much information, and is well written. You learn about other cultures and the details as best we know of what they believe and why. You learn about people in general, and why we are how we are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Wilson on April 19, 2013
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So much information in this one book. I am using it in my college Anthropology class and learning so much!
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