...to our Northwest Anthropology website. The anthropology of the Pacific Northwest of North America - meaning the development of Northwest cultures, the history and impacts of interactions among cultures, and strategies that peoples have developed to survive and thrive - has important lessons for all of us. Our goal is to use this website to increase awareness of Northwest anthropology to the general public, descendents of the many cultures, anthropologists from other parts of the world, and even among anthropologists within the Northwest.
We've organized the website into the following sections:
Encyclopedia of Northwest Anthropology - We are building this tool to help people find information about anthropological topics associated with the Northwest. Designed for students as well as the general public, this tool will also help increase professional awareness of work that has been done in the past, but which is not well known or readily available in the published literature. Critical to the success of the Encyclopedia of Northwest Anthropology is preparation of short entries by our anthropological colleagues, including those pursuing advanced degrees.
What's New - Here are included public and professional events occurring around the Northwest; please feel free to send us news of events that you would like us to post.
Mid-Columbia Anthropological Archives - Much of our work focuses on preserving the history and culture of the Mid-Columbia Region, which we define loosely as the area from Vantage (WA) to Pendleton (OR), and Yakima (WA) to Lewiston (ID). We've designed these pages to help share the important anthropological aspects of this region, and inform colleagues and others of the challenges we face.
Journal of Northwest Anthropology - This is an exciting time for the Northwest's only professional journal publishing anthropological research from all four subfields (archaeology, biological, linguistics, and social). With 45 years of published material and the opportunities that technology and the internet allow for sharing information globally, we are using the website to disseminate past research, find researchers ready to publish their work, and reach new audiences.
Archaeological Disasters - During our past thirty years working in Northwest cultural resource management, we've see far too much destruction of the region’s cultural and historical heritage. Much of the destruction has been inadvertent, but preventable, if agencies, developers, and heritage specialists had taken the time to understand the potential impacts that their projects could cause. We are using this part of the website to take what we have learned and share it with the global community. We encourage those with similar interests to share their stories and stimulate dialogue.
We view the Northwest Anthropology website as a resource for all those with an interest in the anthropology of the Northwest. Please feel free to comment, send us material to post, and most importantly to use the website to facilitate your work.
Links - We provide links to other websites that focus on various topics of interest to Northwest Anthropology.