Rainbow in the Valley:
Papua New Guinea
From the Novel:
Her second was born an hour before dawn, when it was cold, in the Rainy Season. According to custom, the child was nameless for 27 days and was secluded with her in a birth house built in a quiet tree-covered place by her brother and herself.
Those 27 days she held the small being in her arms, taking turns with her sister who was secluded with her. Thus the most vulnerable days for the infant were taken care of, keeping the baby steadily warm in mountain weather, cold even indoors.
Bettiana looked at his soft skin, the color of sunny earth. She felt his fingers grasp at her, and while he sucked milk from her breast she felt, blissfully, "The world is so kind." Then, in the dark, her mind seemed to turn upside down, and she remembered how insultingly her husband had ignored her opinion in the garden. Again, he said the potatoes she was ready to harvest weren’t big enough yet! She cradled the infant closer and thought, "But my baby loves me." The babe seemed to reply by paddling its little arms in the air and gurgling. Read more
YES, ANTHROPOLOGY IS ABOUT YOU & EVERYONE
Anthropology Class taught by Dr. Arnold Perey.
People everywhere in the world, including yourself—whether you live in a NY apartment or a pandanus-roof home in Papua New Guinea—can at last be understood with the depth, kindness, and scientific accuracy that humanity so needs. This class shows that it's through the principles of Aesthetic Realism, founded by poet, critic, and educator Eli Siegel that the full reality of a person's feelings—your feelings—can be seen truly. This is the knowledge that can end racism and prejudice, as well as ill will and cruelty in homes, economies, and among nations—a statement I make carefully, definitely, and with great hope. Read More
Fall / Winter 2014
6:00 - 7:30 PM on Alternate Wednesdays
DESCRIPTION OF THIS SEMESTER’S CLASSES
1. September 24 A Feeling Is a Fact In New Guinea Rainforest & New York Kitchen
2. October 8 Love and War on the American Plains: Dakota, Cheyenne, Blackfeet
3. October 22 Notions We Have in Common with Early People Including, Who’s a Friend or Foe?
4. November 5 Strong & Graceful: Great Women of Korean Folklore
5. SATURDAY November 29 The Museum, the Hut, the Tent – & Respect for Beauty
[NOT Wednesday, NOVEMBER 19]
We meet with The Visual Arts and the Opposites class taught by Marcia Rackow
at a Museum to be announced in New York City, 11 AM.
6. December 3 For and Against in Well-Told African Tales
7. December 17 Students Speak on the Place of Aesthetics in Anthropology