Lambda Alpha Journal, v.49, 2019

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About the Lambda Alpha Journal

The Lambda Alpha Journal is a publication of student papers by members of the Lambda Alpha National Honors Society for Anthropology and is published regularly at the Wichita State University Department of Anthropology. Professional, avocational, student manuscripts, and book reviews of recent publications are welcome. The journal is made possible through the efforts of the Journal editorial staff residing at the founding chapter, Alpha of Kansas . Funding for the Journal is obtained through subscriptions and continuing sponsorship by the Student Government Association of Wichita State University.

Editor in Chief : Dr. Peer H. Moore-Jansen

Founded by Dr. Lowell D. Holmes


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    Lambda Alpha Journal, v.49 (complete version)
    (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019) Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology
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    Letter from the editor
    (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019) Moore-Jansen, Peer H.
    The manuscripts included in the current volume reports address topics such as: 1) the evolution of color vision in primates (Kulick); 2) challenges to carry forward African American identity and cultural continuity in rural United States (Jackson); 3) campus student culture and redefining indigeneity and identity among Native American students (Kainu); 4) the application of visual archaeology as a complement understanding of the dynamics and understanding of culture (Moses); 5) a call for solutions to continuing renegotiations of material culture and museum studies relative to identity formation among contemporary communities; 6) the recovery of human remains in a privy in Cohoes and the possible reflection the discovery offer social choices of 19th century working-class women in America (Murphy); 7) how to address wide-spread health risks related to poor sanitation in a city-neighborhood in Ghana integrating approaches from public health and anthropology (Sweatman); 8) a "net ethnographic" study the "review" component of online trade activity and operation, community formation (sellers and buyers), and eventual economic success (Milligan); 9) the practice of domestication of insects to create dyes for food and cosmetics and potential for an increased understanding of social complexity and status among "pre-contact" communities in the Americas (Clark); 10) a review and reassessment of skeletal variation in Neandertal cranial and postcranial skeletal morphology(Guerro); 11) the gendered history of public education in South Africa (Orzolek); 12) the impact of disease and inter population strife, on the Athenian demographic profile, economy, culture, and infrastructure (building projects) and how these changed the Athenian "landscape" (Stough). In addition, the journal presents a review of "The 'Bioachaeology of Dissection and Autopsy in the United States' by K.C. Nystrom, courtesy of the reviewer, Audrey Yoo.
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    21st Annual Lambda Alpha Symposium, Wichita State University, April 13, 2019
    (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019) Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology
    Abstracts of student papers delivered at the 21st Annual Lambda Alpha Symposium held on April 13, 2019, Wichita State University.
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    Access to proper sanitation in the Okponglo Community: The need for public toilets
    (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019) Sweatman, Hannah
    The Boren Scholarship, a program focused on introducing Americans to less commonly taught languages, awarded me a yearlong scholarship to Ghana to study the language Twi. I spent twelve months in Ghana from August 2018 to August 2019 living and studying at the University of Ghana, Legon in Accra, Ghana. While there, I became involved with an NGO called Play and Learn Foundation (PAL). This NGO is a grassroots organization, primarily based in Okponglo, Bawaleshie and Legon. I was involved with writing project proposals, numerous reading literacy programs and home tutoring in Okpong?o. Through tutoring in the community, I began building very close relationships with some of the children and their families. After gaining the trust of the girls' families, our tutoring relationship evolved into more of a mentorship or big sister relationship. I would attend birthday parties in the community and take the girls to see movies or go to the mall. Their mothers and older sisters (tried) teaching me how to make banku and jollof rice--which I quickly realized was more difficult than it looked (I'm looking at you, banku). If they finished their homework early, they would come to my hostel and have fun creating dance routines and doing makeovers.
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    Visual archeology: Native American photographs as artifacts of the past
    (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019) Moses, Coy J.
    Woven throughout this paper is the thread of family photography, that concentrates on the importance of photographs to both researchers and descendant communities and considers why historical collections of photographs should be integrated into cultural research within modern anthropology. The following quote from Photography's Beginnings appropriately captures much of the same sentiment: "From the beginning, photographs have been family treasures--heirlooms sure that amount to a bond of faith with future generations ... even without a personal connection to these pictures, we can feel a commonality of spirit and emotions with their subject. In a way, they are ancestors for us all" (Cameron 1989 67). Walk into any antique mall in the United States and more than likely you will find a booth selling old photographs, sometimes they are placed neatly into plastic sleeves or more often gathering dust in an old shoebox. A photograph of someone's mother and father, sister and brother, high school sweetheart, or best friend now being sold for fifty cents, but the subject matter often extends beyond typical western culture and experiences. How many more collections of historical photographs are tucked away and forgotten in a closet for decades? When all of this happens after a photographer has created an image that gets "buried in a descendant's attic, unrecognized. Do they matter? The answer, of course, is that the works matter very much, once they are unearthed and appreciated" (Cameron 1989 72). Keeping this in mind, there will be situations in which collections of photographs are rediscovered, and although each group holds different responsibilities, both researchers and descendant communities are united by a similar bond of faith.