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Comment by Bryanderthal on October 14, 2010 at 6:55pm
Ooh, yeah. Colorado City, NV, would have been good.
Comment by Jo Jerome on October 13, 2010 at 7:29pm
Again, weird coincidence, as that was another topic on my short list.

;-)
Comment by Ken on October 13, 2010 at 6:53pm
Hmmm. Well one last suggestion that might be worth considering. I did an cultural anthropology paper once that examined the Ancestral Pueblo people of the Mesa Verde Region during the pre-abandonment and abandonment period of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

I examined Marx and Engels argument that societies change/evolve linearly through occurrences of social conflict brought on by struggles between social classes over productive forces and resources. Even if you don't agree with their thesis it is a very exciting and thought provoking topic with lots of resources to work with.

Anyway, good luck.
Comment by Jo Jerome on October 13, 2010 at 6:41pm
Plus, I do have a friend who is president of the Arizona Wildlife Federation and is on a few water rights/issues boards. Good resources there.
Comment by Jo Jerome on October 13, 2010 at 6:40pm
Thanks Ken, and weird you said that. Just a few seconds before refreshing the page I was thinking of exploring changing climate models and how that might affect people here in the desert Southwest.

It's an Anthropology class and when they say "Peoples of the Southwest," it's not just local Indian tribes and customs, but also current events and issues, Anglo influence, Mormon influence, etc.

To that end, it's really tempting to do an in-depth look at atrocities committed by the Mormons, but I'm not sure I can do that and retain my "indoor-voice." ;-)

Thanks for the ideas though. I think that is the direction I'm headed.
Comment by Ken on October 13, 2010 at 6:23pm
Interesting, I am assuming this is an arch class. The ecology and sustainability issues are a good standby you can't go wrong there. It will actually be more of an issue of focusing it down to be manageable.

Several ideas come to mind:
-changes in the cultural due to the changing climate (ex. conflict, migration, fight or flight basically)
-changes in technology due to the changing climate (canals, water retention features, habitation placement (moving closer to water)

There is ample information for each of these. I believe there is even a brief article by Julie Solometo regarding Southwestern conflict in the latest SAA newsletter "Archaeological Record".

Hope this helps.
Comment by Jo Jerome on October 13, 2010 at 5:56pm
Aaaarrrrgggghhhh ... Need a topic for my "Peoples of the Southwest" final presentation. Normally I've got a brainfull of topics, but today, a few hours before class, drawing blanks.

Kind of thinking of ecology/sustainability issues, but need to tie that into culture somehow.
Comment by Jo Jerome on October 2, 2010 at 11:05pm
Passed the Summer classes with flying colors - thanks for asking!

That got me drop-kicked into a full fall semester: Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, Peoples of the Southwest and Physical Geology. Though they are many 1st year courses, my previous degree should give me enough head start to start on 3rd year classes by next fall. And until then to figure out how to rob a bank to pay for it.

Anyway, loving it all so far! Was a bit intimidated by geology as the chemistry/minerals bit always stumped me. Seems though it was just a matter of getting a proper class and good teachers. I am a lean, mean, valence-state equalizing machine. ;-)
Comment by Bryanderthal on October 2, 2010 at 1:46pm
lol - Just read your last few comments Jo. Funny stuff about the lousiest civ ever.

How did your last Ant class go?

I'm doing my paper on the effects of the Catholic church in Africa...
Comment by Jo Jerome on October 1, 2010 at 10:22pm
"Get your grubby Anthro-hands off my Psych."
- Sweets to Bones.
 

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