Current Anthropology Lab Displays Around Campus


Art Among the Hmong: First Floor
By Jessi Kauffmann ('16) and Rachel Wiebke ('16)
Explore the folk art traditions of the Hmong, an ethnic group originally from Southeast Asia. Since the Hmong were primarily an oral language culture, they recorded many of their stories on intricately embroidered story cloths. This exhibit focuses on the history and art of one such story cloth recently acquired by the Luther College Anthropology Lab.

Native American Pipes: Second Floor
By Ally Lothary ('16)
An analytic exploration into the history, symbolism, and religious significance of Native American pipes from across the country using items from our ethnographic collection.

All the Small Things: Third Floor
By Clara Miller ('15)
The early Inuit people began to develop the Artic Small Tool tradition around 2200-2000 BCE, which is generally considered the cultural basis for the later Inuit of Alaska, Canada, and Greenland. It is in these small items that we see the Inuit material culture as an expression of their long survival of the harsh arctic landscape and nomadic life-style.

Olin First Floor

Things Matter: Exploring Material Culture in East Asia
By Fall 2014 History 361 students
The HIST-361: Material Culture and Everyday Life in East Asia class spent the semester studying the importance of material culture in the history of East Asia, starting with a general discussion of material culture with a wide range of physical objects (e.g. clothes, tea, architecture, religious objects, book printing, and artifacts). They analyzed both textual and visual sources in order to recreate a comprehensive picture of everyday life through objects and examined how material culture of different time periods evolved in response to various historical forces. Within the context of material culture and the nature of consumption, this course also explored overarching themes such as urbanization, transnational communication, and modernization. This exhibition features twelve objects representing the main themes of this class.

Larsen Center for Global Learning

Ruth Lucille Hedlund Peterson
By Eva Peterson ('17)
Stop by the Center for Global Learning to check out a display on the life and work of Ruth Lucille Hedlund Peterson ('43) and learn how she became a global citizen.