Splashboard of a Trobriand Island canoe
Introduction to
Cultural Anthropology


Anth 203.2 - Sonoma State University - Fall 2007
Tues-Thurs 4:00-5:15, Stevenson 1002
Taught by Dr. Bruce Owen
Updated on January 22, 2008
Repetitions of motifs on the splashboard of a Trobriand Island Canoe
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Assigned readings

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Virtual handouts

Scroll down if you don't see what you need. The virtual handouts are in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format and should open in a new window. Move it aside or close it to see this one again. Most computers will open PDF files automatically to view, save, or print. If yours won't, download and install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader plugin for your browser.

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Links to sites related to this course

Interesting, often illustrated, from easy to challenging... check these out. Some may help you prepare for tests or gather background for your critical summaries. Others take you to more about anthropology and class issues. All but the first one are optional. If you have been here before, press your browser's "reload" button to see the latest additions.


Introduction to Cultural Anthropology by Bruce Owen
Copyright (c) 2007, Bruce Owen. All rights reserved.
Please send comments on content and presentation to bruce.owen@sonoma.edu.
URL of this document: http://bruceowen.com/introcultural/203-07f-2.htm
Revised: 22 January 2008