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Open Books

  • Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology
    Open textbook covering essential topics in cultural anthropology. Each chapter written by a different anthropologist. Includes teaching resources from the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges.
  • The History of Our Tribe: Hominini (SUNY Genesco)
    “The book explores the field of paleoanthropology past and present. Beginning over 65 million years ago, Welker traces the evolution of our species, the environments and selective forces that shaped our ancestors, their physical and cultural adaptations, and the people and places involved with their discovery and study. It is designed as a textbook for a course on Human Evolution but can also serve as an introductory text for relevant sections of courses in Biological or General Anthropology or general interest.”
  • Teaching Autoethnography: Personal Writing in the Classroom (SUNY / FIT)
    By Dr. Melissa Tombro of FIT. “Teaching Autoethnography: Personal Writing in the Classroom is dedicated to the practice of immersive ethnographic and autoethnographic writing that encourages authors to participate in the communities about which they write. This book draws not only on critical qualitative inquiry methods such as interview and observation, but also on theories and sensibilities from creative writing and performance studies, which encourage self-reflection and narrative composition.
  • Native Peoples of North America (SUNY Potsdam)
    Native Peoples of North America is intended to be an introductory text about the Native peoples of North America (primarily the United States and Canada) presented from an anthropological perspective. […]. Prehistoric, historic and contemporary information is presented. Each chapter begins with an example from the oral tradition that reflects the theme of the chapter. The text includes suggested readings, videos, and classroom activities.

Additional Open and Zero-Cost Resources

  • Human Origins Initiative (Smithsonian)
    From the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the Human Origins Initiative shares research and other educational resources related to the study of human evolution and origins.
  • World Mapper
    “Worldmapper is a collection of world maps called cartograms, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.”
  • Anthropology Tutorials (Palomar College)
    Tutorials on major topics in anthropology, created and maintained by Dr. Dennis O’Neil of Palomar College.
  • Sapiens
    “An editorially independent magazine of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research”
  • Society for Cultural Anthropology
    This open access journal of the SCA includes teaching tools, podcast episodes, and supplemental teaching materials alongside journal articles.
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