Category Archives: Feature

Unconditional Love: Is devotion to pets a cultural universal?

If the number of cute animal memes on the internet is a fair benchmark, then the human love of pets is a powerful and global phenomenon. For many pet owners, their furry (or scaly) domestic…

New anthropology and archaeology assignments in Teaching eHRAF

Teaching eHRAF is our open access collection of 57 teaching exercises and sample syllabi for classroom use that include questions and class assignments based on eHRAF World Cultures or eHRAF Archaeology. These activities encourage the…

HRAF 2019 in Review & 2020 Preview

Welcome to 2020! It’s time for our annual News & Notes recap and preview. This post will summarize our highlights from the previous year, as well as what you can expect to see from HRAF…

Get ready for the spring semester with the new eHRAF World Cultures video tutorial

As we begin a new year, it is also the time of year when faculty are preparing to teach in the upcoming spring semester. HRAF is pleased to announce our new video tutorial making its…

Donate to the HRAF Global Scholarship

In keeping with our mission of promoting cultural diversity, the HRAF Global Scholarship has attracted candidates from around the world. As one of our top funding priorities, the scholarship provides institutions and individuals in low-income…

Home Truths: An Anthropology of House and Home

Settlements are central to human development, making shelter, dwellings, and residence patterns necessary foci of investigation in both anthropology and archaeology. This post seeks to address a related and easily overlooked aspect of this anthropological…

Thanks, but no thanks: Expressions of gratitude in eHRAF World Cultures

During the end-of-year “holiday season” throughout much of the Western world, we are often reminded to be grateful for the things that we have, and even to go out of our way to be gracious…