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Prof. Smith-Oka Launches New Book "Shaping the Motherhood of Indigenous Mexico"

Author: Anthropology Dept.

Vania Smith-Oka


Mainstream Mexican views of indigenous women center on them as problematic mothers, and development programs have included the goal of helping these women become "good mothers." Economic incentives and conditional cash transfers are the vehicles for achieving this goal. With ethnographic immediacy, Shaping the Motherhood of Indigenous Mexico examines the dynamics among the various players--indigenous mothers, clinicians, and representatives of development programs. The women's voices lead the reader to understand the structures of dependency that paradoxically bind indigenous women within a program that calls for their empowerment.…

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Student Intern Explores Human History

Author: Anthropology Dept.

Rebecca Mayus, Summer 2013 Internship at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arctic Studies Center

This summer I had the opportunity to work as an intern with Dr. William Fitzhugh, an archaeologist and director of the Smithsonian


Institution’s Arctic Studies Center. I accompanied Dr. Fitzhugh on his field season to the Lower North Shore of Quebec, where we joined a group of divers from the University of Montreal and conducted land and underwater excavations at Hare Harbor, a late 16th

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