Ethnographic Poetry and Academic Writing: A Reflection

“Whatever your eye can see, it's vecik.” This line resonated with me while I was conducting my fieldwork in Taiwan with the indigenous Paiwan village known as Paridrayan. Good friend and prolific artist, Etan Pavavaljung, once mentioned to me this Paiwan concept known as vecik. The concept, briefly speaking, implies an interconnectedness that links all tangible things with each other. From humans, rocks, and trees to winds and words, they are connected to each other through vecik...“However,” he added, “something like poetry can be vecik.”. He continued, “let’s take for example, a village elder reciting a poem about his childhood. He recites verses about his flower garden from his childhood home as well as reminiscing his childhood days. These words become vecik.”

Ep #75 The Anthropologists Perspective on Nomadland & Commodified Mothers: This Month of TFS

The Familiar Strange · Ep #75 The Anthropologists Perspective on Nomadland & Commodified Mothers: This Month of TFS This month familiar stranger Tim kicks us off by pondering the ethnographic and anthropological nature of the award winning film Nomadland directed by Chloé Zhao. The strangers discuss the almost anthropological origins of the film and other … Continue reading Ep #75 The Anthropologists Perspective on Nomadland & Commodified Mothers: This Month of TFS

Ep #69 An Anthropologist’s Guide to the US Elections: This Month on TFS

The Familiar Strange · Ep #69 An Anthropologist's Guide To The US Elections: This Month on TFS Hello and Welcome back to The Familiar Strange!  We are so happy to be back and we can’t wait to keep talking strange with you all!  We’re kicking off this new season with a panel with Familiar Strangers,  … Continue reading Ep #69 An Anthropologist’s Guide to the US Elections: This Month on TFS

Ep #64 “Can I speak to the manager”: Caitlin Setnicar on customer abuse, ThinkPlace & cartoons

The Familiar Strange · #64 "Can I speak to the manager": Caitlin Setnicar on customer abuse, ThinkPlace & cartoons 'The reasons why uniforms exist is for various reasons. Among them is to visually identify a staff member, which is a functional reason - a really practical reason, rather. It's also to take away any outside... … Continue reading Ep #64 “Can I speak to the manager”: Caitlin Setnicar on customer abuse, ThinkPlace & cartoons