Field notes 1

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 Writing is a continuous part of the fieldwork conducted by an anthropologist. It occurs when the anthropologist observes and records information about the community being studied in the form of field notes. These research notes are then compiled into a larger scaled assignment or ethnographic document. In Week 1, you studied the various approaches to anthropology and presented a brief summary of your current understanding of what indigenous means. This week, you identify at least one indigenous group for your field study and provide reasons why you selected this group.  


  • Review the assigned readings in the course texts.
  • Summarize your current understanding of indigenous identity.
  • Select one indigenous group from either Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, Pacific Islands, or South America. 


1- to 2 page in which you do the following:

  • Identify the indigenous group that you have selected and the region the group lives in.
  • Explain your reasoning of why this group is considered indigenous.


  • Peters-Golden, H. P. (2012). Culture sketches: Case studies in anthropology (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
    • Chapter 5, “The Hmong: Struggle and Perseverance” (pp. 81-101)
    • Chapter 13, “The Tiwi: Tradition in Australia” (pp. 233-263)

For a basic world map that might help in locating indigenous cultures, use one of the following websites, or another source of your choosing:

The following websites and articles may be useful for your research on indigenous cultures:


  • Sapignoli, M., & Hitchcock, R. K. (2013). Indigenous peoples in Southern Africa. The Round Table, 102(4), 355–365.



  • Keen, I. (2000). A bundle of sticks: The debate over Yolngu clans. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 6(3), 419–436.
  • Dudgeon, P., Wright, M., Paradies, Y., Garvey, D., & Walker, I. (2010). The social, cultural and historical context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.Links to an external site. In Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice (pp. 25–42). Retrieved from




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