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Applied Anthropology


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  • Monday, August 24, 2020 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello HPSfAA Folks,

     Since we have moved the Fall Retreat to an online format, we have decided to reduce the registration rate to reflect the lack of in-person amenities and decreased cost of not having to rent a physical space. 

    Reduced Rates:

    A. Professional - Member: $35

    B. Professional - Member Couple: $55

    C. Professional- Non Member: $40

    D. Student - Member: $20

    E. Student - Non Member: $25

    F. Senior - Member: $25

    G. Senior - Non Member: $30

    Registration for the Virtual Conference is now open! 

    Fall Retreat Merchandise For Sale!

    Maroon HPSfAA Tee-shirts and Pint Glasses. Along with Canvas Bags and Notebooks.

    Note: All items will mail via USPS Priority Mail Box, shipping cost is $8. Multiple items can be sent together to reduce shipping cost.

    Check out our Online Store for more details!!

    Thank you, Saniego

  • Monday, August 17, 2020 9:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology

    Fall Retreat 2020

    Working from Home; Dreaming of Homecoming

    October 2nd- 4th, 2020

    Deadline for Abstracts: Sept 1st, 2020

    Virtual Videoconference


    Please send proposals via email to Josef Garrett at

    Your proposal must include the following:

    Personal Information:
    Please include your name, contact information, and any relevant academic or professional affiliations.

    Title and Abstract:
    Please provide your paper or presentation title and a 100-200 word abstract.

    Presentation Type:

    Our standard presentation time slots are 45 minutes, including time for questions and discussion following your presentation. Please indicate the length of your presentation.

    Additionally, we will be happy to work with you on alternative approaches to presenting your material. For example, you may propose a virtual panel, roundtable discussion, a debate, a workshop, an activity of some sort, a session featuring film or music, or a performance.

  • Saturday, August 15, 2020 2:40 PM | lucor jordan (Administrator)

          Resistance and Response

    The Applied Anthropologist is a peer-reviewed publication which has, over the last forty years, maintained a commitment to featuring the work that applied anthropologists, sociologists, educators, and other social scientists engage in our communities, to great effect. While this is always important, in light of current national and global events which are exposing pernicious structures of social and economic inequity, racialized violence, and a resurgence of nationalist rhetoric, it is important to remember that as applied social scientists, we carry the responsibility to bring our work out of the seasonal cycles of research, and instead to stand at all times in solidarity with issues of social justice, human rights, dignity, and equity. Natural disasters and pandemics have correlates as well because the burden of such catastrophes rests more heavily upon those already burdened by injustice.  Recognizing the historic times we find ourselves in, the call for vol. 40, no.2 of the journal is Resistance and Response. We are pleased to request full articles, briefs, and commentaries which are in alignment with the long tradition of bringing excluded voices to the table to address social, political, economic, and public health issues that impact communities locally and internationally.

    Deadline for submissions is Thursday October 1st, 2020.

    Please visit our in-depth style guide, and please feel free to contact our editorial team with any questions you have, as well as to submit manuscripts, at The editorial team and the entirety of the board of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology (which sponsors the journal) is proud to stand with the powerful voices demanding the simplest of dignities – to not be murdered, to not be terrorized, to not be unjustly imprisoned, to not have families separated, to not be placed in harm’s way to serve the privilege and profit of others. The efforts to normalize the use of such inhuman tactics by ours or any other country must be interrupted and resisted because history will see clearly the things that we thought it possible to ignore.

  • Monday, July 27, 2020 5:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello / Hola, fellow Applied Anthropologists,

    While we are cooped up in home/mobile offices reminiscing of days past in the field or on campus, let's take a moment to reflect upon the practical theory that aids us in our applied work by reading about the work and ideas our members are working on or discussing.  

    Get your hands on the newest release of the TAA Edition 40, No. 1, 2020.

    Click here to view and download.

    Thanks again to Peter Van Arsdale, Editor-in-Chief, the TAA crew, and the Published Authors for putting together yet another edition of the journal!

    All HPSfAA members get access to the digital version while our Institutional Members get one hard copy of this edition mailed to them. 

    Not a current Member, no worries. Becoming a HPS Member or renewing your membership take just a few minutes of your time.

    Saludos from México City, Saniego

  • Saturday, July 11, 2020 9:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HPSfAA will be hosting a town hall today to discuss our current Call for Papers and the Fall Retreat tentative plans: online, hybrid, or in-person. We'd love to hear your thoughts.

    See you soon!!

  • Wednesday, January 08, 2020 1:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HPSfAA is excited to announce the new edition of our journal, The Applied Anthropologist.

    The journal is available to all our of members and available through the libraries of our institutional partners and the database EBSCOHOST.

    Consider renewing or joining to gain access to TAA Volume 39!. 

    Thank you to the entire TAA crew, Peter, Andrea, Lucor, Melanie, and Max for all your hard work over the past year putting together this Volume.

    Click here to download The Applied Anthropologist Volume 39, Number 1-2, 2019.

  • Tuesday, July 30, 2019 11:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After a cordial round of voting, our members have selected a new President-elect, Michael Kilman. Who will be inducted at our Fall Retreat at Ghost Ranch Retreat Center, September 19-22, 2019.

    Please join us this Fall in welcoming Michael to the HPSfAA Board.

    Saludos, Saniego

  • Thursday, June 13, 2019 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello folks on the Front Range and beyond!

    HPSfAA is excited to announce the release of the TAA Edition 38, Number 1-2, 2018.

    Click here to view and download.

    Thanks to Peter Van Arsdale, Editor-in-Chief, the TAA crew, and the Published Authors for putting together yet another fine edition of the journal!

    And don't forget all of our Institutional Members get one hard copy of this edition. 

    Hasta pronto, Saniego

  • Monday, April 22, 2019 1:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Community Development Design/Build Summer Internship

    Due to extensive flooding and other natural and human disasters, we have extended the deadline for the summer field school until May 3rd. 

    Lately, Sweet Grass has been contributing to building and design in Indian Country. It is our desire to work with students who are interested in participating in development with Native Nations in South Dakota and Minnesota. That's why we have partnered with Pyatt Studio and The Building Cooperative this year to provide a comprehensive experience. You do not have to be an architect or engineer or anthropologist  to apply. But, being interested in any one or more of the following is a plus: community development, ethnography, ethnobotany, buffalo-caretaking, place-making, design/build, safe and affordable housing, honoring elders, and genuine community-based research and development.

    Apply below by May 3rd! There are opportunities for 2 scholarships, and if you are a current student, we can work with your college or university to provide credits for your experience as well. 

    Please contact Michael Brydge with any questions!

  • Friday, February 01, 2019 8:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Looking for an opportunity to practice hands-on ethnographic

    methods and gain applied experience and skills?

    Sweet Grass Consulting LLC is a team of researchers and community development advocates who provide professional, evaluative and research services that promote and support asset-based development initiatives in economically burdened communities. Sweet Grass Consulting has experience in areas related to strategic action planning and assessment, effective data collection and database development, feasibility and market analyses, impact measurement programs and comprehensive reporting in a variety of mediums. Similarly, SGC implements participatory methods with a focus in Community Development processes and utilizes these methods to achieve community defined goals.

    Pyatt Studio is a mission driven firm with a core purpose of improving the quality of peoples lives through design. Pyatt Studio un-derstands that a building is an opportunity to inspire change and enhance the human condition. Their work seeks to leverage these opportunities for the greater public good by looking for ways to promote social, economic and environmental sustainability in their projects. Values such as: a focus on people and place, social impact, participation of all stakeholders, and a willingness to question the status quo inform their approach to each project. The Building Cooperative is a non profit organization established by Pyatt Stu-dio to expand on the firms educational and affordable housing programs.

    The collaboration between Sweet Grass Consulting and Pyatt Studio was developed through shared values and understanding of the role ethnogra-phy plays in design and community development. Much of Sweet Grass’ community development work has been related to affordable housing initi-atives and needs assessments. Additionally, Pyatt Studio believes it is imper-ative to incorporate cultural traditions and community engagement into ar-chitecture and design. Integrating the strengths of anthropological field methods and design, this field school aims to provide a multidisciplinary ap-proach to community development and sustainable affordable housing. This field school will provide housing for the underserved Native American community while providing on-site learning collaborations. By using educa-tion and hands-on experiences as a catalyst for change, Sweet Grass and Py-att Studio seek to empower a new generation of community designers, an-thropologists, builders and thinkers for the future.

    The field school will take place on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota for 4-5 weeks over the course of this summer. The 4-5 weeks on-site may not be consecutive. If you have scheduling concerns or other concerns, please contact us, we can work out an individual plan to meet your needs. Interns will be responsible for 40-60 hours of work a week. You will experience a mix of structured learning experiences, skill-building shadowing, community engagement, and adventures! The cost of the field school is $3,000. Applying for the field school automatically applies you for one of two $500 scholarships. One $500 scholarship will go to an emerging anthropologist and one will go to an emerging designer.

    You will not regret the experiences and growth you will encounter while visiting the rich environment and working with vibrant peo-ple throughout the area!

    Download Sweetgrass's Logistic Form Here.


    DUE APRIL 12, 2019

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