Poking Fun At Our Issues With Packaging

It occurred to me lately that I don't have to go to "specialty novelty" stores anymore to get a good dose of off-color humor in my product selection. These days you can find such naughty what-nots at your neighborhood hipster variety store or tucked-away indie boutique. Consumer trends in re appropriating retro pamphlet illustrations and … Continue reading Poking Fun At Our Issues With Packaging

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A stunning final visit to the Omo Valley….

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The Hamar (or Hamer) were the fourth and last tribe we visited on my trip to the Lower Omo Valley.  One of the largest tribal groups in the region (their number is estimated to be about 20,000), the Hamar is a peaceful and friendly tribe.  As with the other tribes of the area, the Hamar’s life centers on cattle and goats. But the Hamar also farm and they barter their surplus livestock and produce at the weekly markets in neighboring small towns.  The Hamar (as well as the Kara although they practice it a little differently) have a very distinctive ritual, a bull-jumping ceremony as a rite of passage for young men.  But more on this later.

Visiting the Hamar tribe was not easy for us.  It was at least a 3 hours ride from our camp to Turmi, where a weekly market was held, and when there were roads…

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Frenchmen Street: The Artist’s NOLA

On our second night in New Orleans (NOLA to you hipster artsy types) we did a traditional creole dinner and headed down to Frenchmen street to pay a visit to our new friend who coordinates the artist's market. This is one of my favorite parts of town, because it reeks of dirty hippie kids, salt … Continue reading Frenchmen Street: The Artist’s NOLA

Voodoo and Mardi Gras Indians: New Orleans Deep Culture

I bet one of the first things that come to mind when you think about New Orleans is Mardi Gras and binge drinking and (hopefully) Jazz music / music in general. Crawfish and Cajun food and oysters and ghosts and vampires might also come in a close second. Then there is the Voodoo...a spiritual practice … Continue reading Voodoo and Mardi Gras Indians: New Orleans Deep Culture

Tales Of An Anthropological Experience on The Queen Mary 2

I would like to thank Dwight Garner and his article in this Sunday's New York Times Travel section on his experience aboard the QM2 for solidifying my choice for a pre-retirement career: travel journalist! The fact of the matter is, even though a vacation on the QM2 might never be my speed, the subculture experience … Continue reading Tales Of An Anthropological Experience on The Queen Mary 2