“Anthropologists! Anthropologists!” From The Far Side, by Gary Larson, 1984. 22 thoughts on ““Anthropologists! Anthropologists!”” Add yours I am wondering why folks feel the need to use foul and insulting language. Is this what we have evolved into? Reply he he, this is so true. so-called “authentic” indigenous cultures today? right.. :) Reply One word: “Tasaday”. Look it up. Reply Actually this is meant to be commenting on the western anthropological gaze on the romanticised ‘native’- you twat. Reply Aimee, language warning. Reply Aimee, the cartoon is portrayed from the “natives'” point of view because it is meant to comment on THEIR “gaze”–you’re stupid! Reply @woodfarm, @ziggy zoggy, @aimee, @sinanju: This cartoon (a favourite of mine, used to be up on the wall in our anthropology dept) – to me – reflects on the suspicion of many of “us” that uncontacted tribes aren’t really all that uncontacted. But also – and here I agree with ziggy zoggy – it suggests that these groups are to some extent aware of the value that portraying yourselves as “uncontacted”, “primitive” people has to academic researchers and voyeurs worldwide. It was this suggestion, sinanju, that seems to have driven much of the scepticism around the Tasaday controversy (I did look it up). That and “journalists” bribing community members. And I don’t really think it’s all that much about gazes at all. I think it’s more about preconceptions, whereas when people talk about gazes anthropologically they’re talking about affecting what you see by the position you see it from. Reply “it suggests that these groups are to some extent aware of the value that portraying yourselves as “uncontacted”, “primitive” people has to academic researchers and voyeurs worldwide..” Mr/Ms Anthropologist it was Manuel Elizalde who attempted the exploitation. If the Tasaday were a fraud then they did not exists and thus it is not ‘uncontacted ‘primitive’ people that are aware of the value of being ‘uncontacted’. As always it is western idiots with Western models of development that use fraud to exploit people. Don’t blame it on ‘primitive people’ Anthropologist… Fuckry Reply Apologies if I have given the impression that I was trying to blame something on ‘primitive people’. Perhaps I was wrong to conflate the idea of ‘uncontacted’ with ‘different’: in the cartoon (you remember, the fun, amusing thing which was bringing joy until we started arguing about it?), the people the anthropologists are coming to visit are hiding their modern appliances, suggesting that they are to some extent pulling the wool over the anthropologists’ eyes in terms of how ‘primitive’ they are. That is all. Oh except please don’t call me a Fuckry. I don’t know what it is but it sounds unpleasant. Reply I think it is a really nice cartoon that should be pondered upon greatly by participant observers in the field. Reply Gary Larson rules get over it people.Oh he also has a couple bugs in his namesake.So he outrules everyone else.lol Reply Or, you know, it’s just an ironic cartoon :P You people ruin all the fun. Reply In a way this reminds me of when MENSA came to Detroit for their national convention in 2010. The Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau won MENSA over and got the convention with this slogan… “Who was the genius who picked Detroit?” LOL… needless to say the MENSA visitors were surprised and pleased with their choice once they saw what the city offered. Reply I use this cartoon in my anthropology classes to prompt reflection on how our classic conceptions shape both our own thinking and also help inform how others interact with us …Gary Larson used to sit in on anthropology classes at the University of Washington in the 1980s and always came up with wonderful comic re-takes. He was so enjoyed and appreciated that the UW’s Burke Museum of Natural History even mounted an exhibit of his work in the late 1980s. Reply Gary Larson was at Washington State University in the late 60s / early 70s, Reply i wish them more sunglasses, an ornamented hat, a skinny blue trouser, a black boots, a priceless necklace. they are now of western, no significace for anthropology in the teaching of original culture!!!!! Reply Pingback: Anthropologists! Anthropologists! | Anthropologizing Pingback: Authenticiteit in beeld Pingback: 要了解英国人的言行潜规则，请看这本不太新的书 Pingback: Public Anthropology In An Attention Economy | Anthropology-News Pingback: Antropología pública en una economía deshumanizada | Seonoser Pingback: Toisen arki on toiselle matkailuelämys – myyttejä, tarinoita ja äärimmäisiä elämyksiä // 27.4.2018 – Matkailevat tutkijat Leave a Reply to Kathleen Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.