“Anthropology is the science which tells us that people are the same the world over- except when they are different.” –Nancy Banks Smith

Parks are shaped by people.  Anthropologists examine the connections between parks and what people believe, the stories they tell, and how they live on the land.  This mozaic is the foundation of the American cultural legacy.  Kind of gets back to that ‘E Pluribus Unum’ thing, right?
Anthropologists focus on groups of people linked to parks by religion, legend, deep historical attachment, subsistence use, and other cultural aspects and give them a voice in how parks are planned and managed.  Anthropologists also develop ways of sharing the connection between people and land to park visitors and communities.

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  • Academy for Cultural Resources Announces 2013 Section 106 Training

    December 13, 2012

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    Stephen T. Mather Training Center and the Office of WASO Learning and Development are pleased to sponsor five opportunities in 2013 for Section 106 and NEPA/Section 106 training to be held across the NPS. Northeast Region:                     Introduction to Section 106 and NHPA            ...

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