SFU, first nation interactive website collaboration honoured by UNESCO

BURNABY, B.C. — A website collaboration between Simon Fraser University and the Fraser Valley’s Xa:ytem Longhouse Interpretive Centre is being honoured by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The interactive website – Journey into Time Immemorial – has been awarded UNESCO’s Grand Prix award.

The project is a collaboration between the SFU Museum of Archeology and Ethnology and the Xa:ytem Centre in Mission.

The site (http://www.sfu.museum/time/) has generated well over a million hits since it was launched last spring.

It’s based on First Nations’ traditional knowledge and oral history and provides a picture of life in B.C.’s Fraser Valley as it was hundreds of years ago.

Museum curator Barbara Winter says the idea was to show items from the SFU and Xa:ytem museums in use as part of a living community.

“The project is an excellent example of SFU collaborating with an external first Nations agency to create a product of world calibre excellence,” Winter says.

Winter and staff from the SFU Learning and Instructional Development Centre’s Media Design group collaborated with First Nations representatives to produce the site.

First Nations community members and a team of SFU students participated in the project.

The teams digitally reconstructed a pithouse and longhouse village and incorporated First Nations actors to depict early life in the region.

“Using actors and inserting them into landscapes allowed us to show cultural continuity and the strength of tradition,” says Winter.

The site was one of many being considered for the UN prize.

Others were from France, Hungary, Taiwan and the United States.

The site was funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Virtual Museum of Canada initiative.
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No burial for 10,000-year-old bones

Check out this article from Nature (Published online 29 October 2008 | Nature 455, 1156-1157 (2008)) about the University ofCalifornia’s decision not to repatriate human remains. (contributed to blog by Chris Condin- thanks Chris!)

Email to JB to suggest change in the thesis awards.

Hey people, this is my first post here, I want to share an email I’ve sent to John to suggest a change on the procedure of the thesis awards the Dptm started to give this year. Because I think many people did not know about it and I also consider that would be fair for both students and supervisor to have it set automatically for everyone I suggested this change to John.

Here’s the email I sent to him (so far I did not have any reply).

Hope everyone is fine.


Dear John,
Hi, it’s Rafael. Hope you’re doing fine.
I just have a suggestion to make in regards the Annual Prize the Dptm started giving last year for the best MA thesis and papers.
I would like to suggest for your consideration or the committee that should consider these prizes the idea of change the way it is now given, by nomination of professors, to a more fair situation in which all theses (BA, MA, and PhD) made in each year will automatically be considered for theses prizes. The reason I am bringing to your consideration this is to avoid the awkward situation that professor would forget or not know the existence of these prizes (I think last year many people did not know about it). In other Dptms (for instance in Economy) all the theses made in each year are automatically considered and this, I think, create a fair situation for both students and professors because everyone knows that each thesis will be considered and ranked not matter what would or could happen.
This was my concern that I wanted to pass to you.
Thanks John.
Have a nice weekend,

PS: I don’t know if you are the right person to write this suggestion, if you know to whom I should write this email let me know and I’ll write it again and send it to that specific person. Thanks.

Interestin’ for all you linguistic anthropologists (and other folks too)

Check out this post on the blog “Language Log” — as Kerim Friedman over at the Savage Minds Blog puts it, “There has been a series of fun posts on Language Log on Sarah Palin, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama’s semi-conscious (or possibly affected) informal language and producing empathy with public audiences.”

Indigenous language programs- Coeur d’Alene tribe

This is an interesting new post on Kim Christen’s blog- click here for the post, play the video from her post below to see what she is discussing in relation to her ongoing projects.

Partha Chatterjee @ UBC

Partha Chatterjee

Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta; Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

“The Black Hole of Empire”

Friday, October 17, 12-1:30 pm

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Lillooet Room (Room 301)

Professor Chatterjee’s talk will focus on British India but will deal more generally with modern empires.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science; the Workshop to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Isaiah Berlin’s “Two Concepts of Liberty”; the Department of Asian Studies; the Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR); and the Department of Anthropology.


On this note, if you are interested, you can also attend the Workshop on Isaiah Berlin’s “Two concepts of Libety”. That will be held this weekend at UBC 18-19 Oct @ St John’s College.

For more details click HERE

AGSA Minutes, 8th October 2008

Anthropology Graduate Student Association
Meeting 8th October 2008


1. Student Positions
2. AGSA Dept Rep Updates
3. AGSA Letter to Department
4. Comprehensive Exams Proposal
5. AGSA Blog: what else would you like to see?
6. Coffee Kiosk – the final word?
7. Social Events: grad party 19th November, end of term party?
8. Other Business
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