6047 Silsby Hall
Hanover, NH 03755
kirk.m.endicott at dartmouth.edu
I continue to be fascinated by hunting and gathering peoples. I am currently studying how some, but not all, hunting and gathering societies maintain egalitarian social relations, in some cases even between the sexes. My wife Karen and I have recently finished a book focusing on gender roles and relations among the Batek hunter-gatherers of Malaysia, a people we have studied intermittently since 1971 (see below). The Batek appear to be one of the most gender egalitarian societies in the world. I also maintain both my scholarly and humanitarian interest in questions concerning the human rights of indigenous peoples who are disrupted by economic development and nation building. In August 2001 and 2004 I was able to briefly visit Orang Asli (Malaysian Aboriginal) and Iban settlements that have been displaced by logging and dam, road, and airport construction. I continue to work with the Center for Orang Asli Concerns in Malaysia on matters concerning the welfare of Orang Asli . A few years ago my colleague Rob Welsch and I edited a reader on controversies in anthropology, Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Anthropology (Dushkin/McGraw-Hill). This was an interesting departure from my usual academic work. We have now completed a fourth edition of this reader and a second edition of a companion volume on cultural anthropology alone, Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Cultural Anthropology. We have enjoyed working with a series of outstanding Dartmouth undergraduates who have served as research assistants on this project.
I have recently revived my interest in Australian Aboriginal art.
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