Current Anthropology Lab Displays Around Campus


Foot Binding in China: First Floor
By Steffenee Voigt ('18)
Learn about foot binding in China, a custom that took place from 960 through the early 1900s. This practice was a way to indicate status and determined how desirable a woman was for marriage. This exhibit focuses on shoes acquired through missionary work in China in the early 19th century as well as the painful process required to bind feet.

The Clay Figurines of India: Second Floor
By Teresa Olberding ('17)

Inupiats: Society, Gender Roles, and Social Festivities: Third Floor
By Thomas Specht ('19)
The Inupiat group has lived in Alaska since around 5000 BCE in harsh conditions that led to the formation of a culture with an emphasis on gender roles and social festivities. Lip labrets and tattoos are explored in this exhibit as markers of gender, while tobacco use and the Asking and Bladder Festivals reveal more about Inupiat society.

Olin First Floor

Objectworlds: Imagined Lives and Curated Knowledge
By Spring 2017 Art, Anthropology, English, History, and Museum Studies students
Luther College students, staff and faculty collaborated on an intriguing exhibit of artifacts and creative writing this spring. The exhibit includes about a dozen items from Luther's archives and anthropology collections. Each item is accompanied by a brief factual explanation and a student-composed poem inspired by the artifact. Objects in the display come from around the world and include four-inch-long silk shoes from early 19th-century China that required the wearer to have undergone foot-binding, three miniature Bibles published in Scotland between 1895 and 1901, and an animal horn engraved and decorated to look like a fish in 1920s Mexico.

Larsen Center for Global Learning

Missions in Madagascar
By Katie Wolter ('16)
Stop by the Center for Global Learning to check out a display on the European missionary influence in Madagascar from 1818-1957. Explore more of this history with a presentation on the Anthropology Lab website.