Cultural anthropologists like Sharon Macdonald are examining the reasons why some elements of culture are passed on to the future while other are being put away or erased from collective memory. Museums are societies’ official places for this process of "curating memory."
2015, Falling Walls Foundation. 14 minutes.
See how the mixing of prehistoric human genes led the way for our species to survive and thrive around the globe. Archaeology, genetics and anthropology cast new light on 200,000 years of history, detailing how early humans became dominant.
2015, PBS. 5 videos, 1 hour each.
Although her fieldwork has been criticized, Margaret Mead was one of the foremost fieldworkers of her day. In the United States, Bali, and New Guinea, she examined child development, sex, and temperament to see what role society plays in making people what they are. She emphasized that humans arrange their social worlds in many different ways, and that qualitative judgments cannot be made between them.
1990, CTE Carlton. 52 minutes
Food: A Cultural Culinary History [dvd] by Ken AlbalaThis course explores the history of how humans have produced, cooked, and consumed food--from the earliest hunting-and-gathering societies to the present. This course examines how civilizations and their foodways have been shaped by geography, native flora and fauna, and technological innovations
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Publication Date: 2013
People and Cultures of the World [dvd] by Edward FischerWhy is anthropology such an inherently fascinating subject? Because it's all about us: human beings. As the "science of humanity," anthropology can help us understand virtually anything about ourselves—from our political and economic systems, to why we get married, to how we decide to buy a particular bottle of wine.
Understanding the Human Factor: Life and Its Impact [dvd] by The Teaching Co.A journey surveying the remarkable innovations that transformed humankind into the sole agriculturists on our planet. Inasmuch as humankind has changed the species it domesticates, so have the plants and animals we cultivate and tend changed the shape of our history and lives. These interactions are the key not only to our rise but also our continued success on this planet. It's been suggested that if contributions from our domesticates suddenly stopped, civilization would almost certainly and instantly collapse.