Archive for the ‘Visual Anthropology’ Category

Auraria Custodians: Tell Their Stories

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

A Video Trailer of a Romero Theatre Troupe performance on November 10, 2012, by the workers who make our jobs possible at the Auraria campus comprised of the University of Colorado, Denver; Metropolitan State University of Denver; and Community College of Denver. A celebration and awareness of their stories, issues and daily struggles.

Event Flyer (pdf)

Romero Theatre Troupe
Colorado WINS
Colorado Jobs with Justice

Marty Otañez, Producer: marty[dot]otanez[at]ucdenver[dot]edu

Thank You: Itzel-Marine Gourmelon (Videographer) and Michelle Otañez (Graphic Designer)

HD version on Vimeo

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House Woman: Notes on Permaculture and Food Security in Malawi

Monday, February 27th, 2012

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Draft video, 27 February 2012

In spring 2006, Ethel discussed permaculture and food security in Malawi with me. I wanted to educate myself on sustainable agricultural activities and how a Malawian practices permaculture. These issues interest me as part of a larger project to explore healthy (agricultural chemical-free) crops and alternative livelihoods for tobacco farmers and farm workers in Malawi. Ethel agreed to videotaped interviews over two days in different areas in her garden near Chitedze Trading Center, 14 kilometers north of Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city. In the 2000s, Ethel worked as a ‘house woman’ (domestic worker) for Stacia and Kristof Nordin. The Nordins are Malawi-based permaculture educators and advocates who operate http://www.NeverEndingFood.org

During her position with Stacia and Kristof, Ethel became a permaculturalist. The video is edited to showcase Ethel’s knowledge about farming indigenous plants and creating synergy among food, water, shelter and community.

Marty Otañez, Producer and Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Denver
email: marty[dot]otanez[at]ucdenver[dot]edu
blogs: http://www.fairtradetobacco.org; http://www.dscoalition.org

Katrina Greschner, Assistant and Anthropology graduate student, University of Colorado, Denver

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Monday, February 13th, 2012

GASP is a Guernsey charity which aims to reduce the prevalence of smoking among the young people of Guernsey.

Being aware of tobacco cultivation and learning about its origins is an important part of this education.

The Ana A Topa project helps farmers in Malawi grow maize instead of tobacco in a more environmental friendly way. This will not only benefit the environment but give tobacco farmers more food and profit. In turn, this can return their hope and help them out of poverty.

This video (7 mins.) shows what life is like for tobacco farmers and farm workers in Malawi.

Winter Season: Immigrant Status Change in Colorado

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

DRAFT video, 10 November 2011

Marty Otañez, Producer and Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Denver. Created in collaboration with with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. Funds Provided by the Center for Faculty Development, University of Colorado, Denver.

Turning Their Lives to Ashes

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Turning Their Lives to Ashes – the story of worker exploitation in the bidi industry in India. Produced by the Voluntary Health Association of India, 2009.

Voces Desde El Surco

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Voces Desde El Surco (Tobacco, Voices From The Fields) is a video created by Wara Alderete about tobacco farming in Jujuy, Argentina, 2005.

I am in control

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Video created by Wara Alderete about perspectives of youth about smoking in Jujuy, Argentina, 2005.

One match…

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The storyteller details an early memory of tobacco use and how she draws personal strength from her Native American background. The video was produced in a three-day workshop held at Denver-based Sisters of Color United for Education in March 2011.

The video was produced for the research project “Tobacco control and digital storytelling: Collaborative videography with Latino adults to promote health equity among Colorado Latinos” (#09-0099). The purpose of the project is to equip Latino adults with media literacy and video production skills for creating their own digital stories based on health narratives aimed at increasing the leadership capacity of Latino adults.

Funds for the project provided by the UC Denver Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, and the Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute at the University of Colorado.

Krystle Alirez, Monica Fullmer and Hannah Nichols- 2010-11 UROP/CCTSI Award Recipients and Co-Principal Investigators.

Hidden Voice

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Digital story about a father’s smoking habit and his son’s reflection on how tobacco use threatens health and family. The video was produced in a three-day workshop held at Denver-based Sisters of Color United for Education in March 2011.

The video was produced for the research project “Tobacco control and digital storytelling: Collaborative videography with Latino adults to promote health equity among Colorado Latinos” (#09-0099). The purpose of the project is to equip Latino adults with media literacy and video production skills for creating their own digital stories based on health narratives aimed at increasing the leadership capacity of Latino adults.

Funds for the project provided by the UC Denver Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, and the Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute at the University of Colorado.

Krystle Alirez, Monica Fullmer and Hannah Nichols- 2010-11 UROP/CCTSI Award Recipients and Co-Principal Investigators.

Student Blogs

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Below is a list of students and their blogs created for an assignment in the course “Culture of Development and Globalization,” Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Denver, fall 2011. At the end of this post are the instructions for the blog assignment. (photo above: spices at market in Zanzibar, Tanzania, November 2011, Marty Otañez)

Ali

Andrea

Anthony

Anya

Ash

Ashley

Betty

Brittany

Burgi

Daniela

Doug

Hayley

Jen

Joe

Kate

Khulan

Melanie

Paige

Rana

Wells

Yasmeen

Instructions: Blog Assignment (15 points)
Students will create a blog and upload three blog entries (each entry is worth five points), with each entry being 500 words minimum about one theory, method and/or anthropological problem raised in course readings. This requirement will increase students’ awareness on anthropology’s role in development and globalization processes. The assignment is designed to allow you to more deeply engage from scholarly and advocacy standpoints with approaches to development and globalization. Each blog entry is in the form of a critical reflection and reaction statement. A blog entry provides opportunities for you to strategically select portions of the logic, organization, and emphasis of the original texts you find interesting and write about them in a coherent, persuasive and mindful manner. The assignment is limited to 500 words or more to encourage you to be precise in your writing on the most compelling parts of texts that are meaningful to you on a personal and professional level. You are encouraged to integrate in each blog entry one or more captioned image, video excerpt and/or other resource to substantiate your points and enhance the design of the entry. No points will be given to an entry that simply summarizes texts or the topic. Each student is required to create an individual blog with a brief introductory statement and send to me the web link for the blog before our class meeting on Tuesday, August 30 (www.wordpress.com is free and recommended; here’s an example of a blog from a former UCD student: Nutrition and Development in China). Additional details regarding each blog topic will be discussed in class. Blog topics are:

1- Globalization processes (due September 13)
2- A country-level vignette of development (due October 4)
3- Future directions of anthropology as a participant in development (due November 1)