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Feb 1, 2014

This issue brings us closer to the annual meetings in Albuquerque, NM. The theme this year, Destinations, can be interpreted in many ways. A destination can be a faraway place frequented by tourists, a completion of a goal or long-awaited journey, or a symbolic place where one feels a sense of being and belonging. Our two contributors come from different theoretical backgrounds and study in very different locales, but as their essays describe, the sense of destination has applications for a diverse set of anthropological methods and thoughts.

Curriculum Development at Red Cloud Indian School

Feb 1, 2014

By Nicky Belle - During my third year as a Ph.D. student in anthropology, the American Indian Studies Research Institute (AISRI) at Indiana University was approached by members of Red Cloud Indian School to discuss the possibilities of co-authoring the first comprehensive K-12 Lakota language curriculum. While there existed many brands of well-intentioned textbook and countless attempts to develop the definitive approach to study and revitalize the language, no comprehensive curriculum had been successfully developed to that point.

Cruise Ship Tourism in Cozumel, Mexico: “Frios Como la Naturaleza de los Gringos lo Dice”

Feb 1, 2014

By Christine Preble - Cruise ship tourism is a dynamic site of inquiry within the anthropology of tourism. Its history and current social manifestations concerns millions of localities around the globe that combine to form a transnational entity like no other. Billions of dollars and tourists’ bodies transverse oceans every year and the historical, social, and political processes that follow these flows of money and people are appropriately complex for ethnographic engagement. Applied anthropology, as a method and theory dedicated to problem solving, seems is ripe for the study of cruise ship tourism.