Anthropology with a family touch

first_imgAfter loading the four huge vehicles with petrol drums, spare auto parts, barrels of water, crates of canned food, medicines, notebooks, rifles, film, and photographic equipment, the Cambridge, Massachusetts, couple, their two children, and an expedition team slowly caravanned into the desert. It was June 1951 — winter in South West Africa — and so cold that their blankets froze stiff in the night frost, so hot their radiators boiled over by day.— Ilisa Barbash, “Where the Roads All End: Photography and Anthropology in the Kalahari” (Peabody Museum Press, 2016) It was the second of eight expeditions by the Marshall family to the Kalahari region of what is now Namibia, and the start of a photographic experiment that became one of the most holistic efforts to document the cultures of Southwest Africa’s indigenous hunter-gatherers.“The Marshalls were not the first to do this work, but they were the best,” says Peabody Museum curator of visual anthropology Ilisa Barbash. Her exhibition, “Kalahari Perspectives: Anthropology, Photography, and the Marshall Family,” which includes more than 40 images from the family’s expeditions, is on view at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology through March 31.Sensing the hunter-gatherer way of life was on the verge of disappearing due to colonial expansion and Westernization, Laurence Marshall, a physicist and retired co-founder of Raytheon, proposed to the Peabody a comprehensive ethnographic study. His expeditions from 1950 to 1961 with his wife, Lorna, and their teenage children, Elizabeth and John, yielded 40,000 images that showed Ju/’hoan and /Gwi men, women, and children at work and play, revealing their culture as well as their humanity.,Previously, the groups then widely known as “bushmen,” a collective name for hunter-gatherer peoples now seen as pejorative, had been depicted as primitive, romantic, or exotic. As they got to know their subjects, the Marshalls’ images became ever more dynamic and intimate, with the Ju/’hoansi appearing as individuals rather than as anthropological specimens.The Peabody exhibit also features two new visual projects about contemporary Kalahari peoples. In addition, the museum will screen John Marshall’s documentary film “N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman” at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 followed by a panel discussion.,“The Marshalls planned a pure study that could be used then and in the future,” Barbash said. “And this is amazing — they learned on the fly. None of them had formal training in film or anthropology. Fortunately, Laurence Marshall was such a good organizer that he was able to keep his family alive in the desert, by calculating how much water was needed, and figuring out where to leave gas cans in the Kalahari.”last_img read more

Eleven arrested at Irish Row

first_imgA party bust at the Irish Row apartment complex early Friday morning resulted in 11 arrests and about nine citations, according to South Bend police logs. The roundup is one of the largest since student arrests for underage drinking spiked early in this school year. Police arrested about 70 students through late August and early September, prompting meetings between University officials, student government and the South Bend Police Department in September. Det. Sgt. Ian McQueen said police received a complaint for a noisy party at the complex on Vaness Street about 1 a.m. Friday. Upon entering the party, the supervising officer decided to arrest minors with a BAC of .05 or higher. Police cited the minors with a lower BAC and allowed them to leave the party. Officers also issued citations for hosting a loud party and contributing to the delinquency minors. McQueen said the decision to arrest or cite is usually left to the discretion of the arresting officers. “We responded to a call, and we are duty bound to investigate if we see a crime being committed,” McQueen said. Police also arrested three students early Saturday morning on Notre Dame Avenue for minor consumption, according to police logs. Police received a complaint after the students banged on the door of a residential house. The students — who said they had previously been at an off-campus party — were taken to the St. Joseph County Jail. Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. Tom Doyle said the University and the police department continue to work together on the issue of student arrests. “We are still actively in communication with multiple community agencies about these matters,” he said. Doyle said he recently met with student body president Catherine Soler and vice president Andrew Bell to outline goals for the coming semester, and the safety of students off campus remains a priority. The student arrests this week are a reminder that fostering a healthy relationship between the city and the students requires continued attention, Doyle said. “I think it is accurate to say that the University and its students have made significant progress since last summer,” he said. “But we cannot take for granted the fragile place that we have come from.”last_img read more