Department of Anthropology

May Sam helps Silas Holdstock with his Coast Salish knitting project.

Sharing Coast Salish traditions

Tsartlip Elder May Sam helps anthropology student Silas Holdstock with his Coast Salish knitting project and teaches Coast Salish traditions, specifically their style of knitting and wool preparation.

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Dr. Brian Thom and Joey Caro showing computer game for land issues

A virtual journey through the Coast Salish cultural landscape

Thanks to collaboration between UVic's students in anthropology and computer science departments with the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group,  First Nations communities can learn about the treaty process and their traditional territories in a fun way—by playing a video game.

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Genevieve von Petzinger studying rock art the Roc de Vezac cave, France

Why were geometric symbols painted on cave walls during the Ice Age?

PhD candidate Genevieve von Petzinger garnered global attention when she posed the question: Why were geometric shapes painted 25,000 years ago on European cave walls? Here she is deep in Roc de Verzac cave in France peering at paintings few have seen.  Photo: Dillon von Petzinger

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Drimolen, South Africa Archaeology Field School

Hands-on learning in the field

Undergraduate students Ansel Bonner and Anne Tuominen record their findings from an early human site in the Cradle of Humankind while participating in an archaeology and paleoanthropology field school at Drimolen, South Africa.

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The Department of Anthropology at UVic offers undergraduate and graduate training that is comprehensive, diverse, integrated, and innovative. Our faculty members are committed to excellence in teaching and research, and to working collaboratively with diverse communities both locally and globally. Located on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish and Straits Salish people, the Department of Anthropology respectfully acknowledges their primacy on the land.

Anthropology reminds us that humans are equipped to live a thousand different lives, and the ones we end up living are shaped by the cultural contexts in which we grow up and live. - Ann Stahl, Chair