I know I’m guilty of putting Indiana Jones on a pedestal of super awesome too, but these tips might be a little more useful in studying cultures around the world.
1. Carry a notebook with you everywhere you go — and use it. A notebook is an anthropologist’s best friend. You can jot down names, observations, pronunciations of words you can’t seem to get right… I’m totally done for without something to write in.
2. Take pictures, document, think through the meaning(s) of what you see around you. As much as we use our cameras to take food pics and selfies these days, the photograph can just as easily document what is outside of our normal sphere of movement/understanding/etc. The visual can be a form of evidence, a source of conflict, and inspiration for everything from essays to poems.
3. Read ethnographies, memoirs, and novels. Lots of em. Some of my favorites to start…
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