Umoja Village

For this week’s assignment, respond to all 6 questions below.
Remember to answer all aspects/parts of each question.

Be sure that your responses are numbered/lettered and that you leave a gap/space between each response.

1. For question #1 you will need to review and reference both the reading and the YouTube video “The Land of No Men: Inside Kenya’s Women-Only Village.”

The Land of No Men: Inside Kenya’s Women-Only VillageA) Discuss the role of women in the Samburu culture and the traditions towards marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) that have affected female rights.

B) Briefly describe how and why Umoja village was founded.

C) Compare and contrast Umoja with the three other matriarchal Samburu villages (Nachami, Supalake, and Nang’ida) in terms of the roles of both men and women.

D) Summarize the organization and culture, and the experiences of women (and men) in these matriarchal villages in the context of the information presented in the section “Marriage and the Regulation of Sexual Relations.”

2. For question #2 you will need to review and reference the reading. Select one of the sections from chapters 12 or 13 with the heading “Biocultural Connection.” Provide a summary of the major points with a focus on the culture of the people studied, the findings/contributions from anthropology, and how this relates to the key concepts from the reading/chapter. Respond to the “Biocultural Question” at the end of the section. Be sure to cite the page number and topic that you selected.

3. Apply anthropological concepts of marriage and family to a fictional family from a popular television show, movie, or book. Provide a general background on the family such as listing the individual members and their relations to one another.

A) Discuss whether or not the marriage present in the family is best described by endogamy and/or exogamy, while referencing these terms.

B) Describe the conjugal and/or consanguineal ties in the family while, while referencing these terms.

C) In terms of primary residence, is the family best described as nuclear, extended or “nontraditional?” Does the family live in a patrilocal, matrilocal, or neolocal residence?

D) Discuss how at least one or more of the members of the family associate with others outside of the family by gender, age set, and/or common interest.

4. For question #4 you will need to review and reference the YouTube video “Shadows and Reflections: Florida’s Lost People by FAS.” Shadows and Reflections: Florida’s Lost People by FAS

A) Summarize the key cultural features of the following indigenous groups of prehistoric Florida: Paleoindians, Calusa, Apalachee, Timucua, and Tequesta while considering geography, subsistence, social status, identity, bodily adornment, and sex roles (where relevant to each group).

B) What are the major sources of data (such as archaeological remains, ethnohistoric documents, landscape, etc.) that provides us with a picture of Florida’s lost people? How can anthropology, archaeology, history, and art all complement each other towards this end?

5. For question #5 you will need to review and reference both the reading and the YouTube video “The Land Where Women Rule: Inside China’s Last Matriarchy.” The Land Where Women Rule: Inside China’s Last MatriarchyA) What specifically makes the Mosuo culture a matriarchy? Discuss the following while citing specific examples from the film: residence, mate selection and marriage rituals, subsistence, economics, dress, aging, the views/experiences of the young, and the role of men.

B) What is a “walking marriage” and is it best described as monogamy, serial monogamy, or polyandry?

C) Are the Mosuo matrilocal or patrilocal, and characterized by matrilineal or patrilineal descent?

D) What is the role of tourism in the area and how does this relate to cultural changes in the context of modernization?

6. For question #6 you will need to review and reference both the reading and the YouTube videos “NYC African Burial Ground” and “African Burial Ground National Monument Virtual Tour.”NYC African Burial Ground
African Burial Ground National Monument Virtual TourA) Provide a brief outline of the history of the African Burial Ground in New York City, from its initial creation, to its later discovery, study, and eventual preservation and commemoration.

B) How many individuals were excavated in the sample population and what all was learned about the lives they led, considering nutrition, labor conditions, and mortality?

C) What was learned about the enslaved based on age of the deceased?

D) Describe how the site is presented to the public and the reactions of its visitors in relation to the concept of sankofa.