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An Ethnographic History of an Illness in a Hasidic Jewish Community
David J. Rozen
No. 1, Vol. 24, Spring, 2004 pp 11 – 20

This paper narrates the history of an illness in a Hasidic Jewish community within the conceptual framework of post modernistic, critical medical anthropology. Hasidic Jewish illness beliefs and the socio-cultural context of Hasidic Jewish society are outlined.

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Grief and Advocacy: An Applied Anthropologist’s Role in Massive Organizational Change
Howard F. Stein
No. 1, Vol. 24, Spring, 2004 pp 21 – 26

Based on nearly 20 years of workplace organizational ethnographic research and consultation (largely healthcare), I have come to recognize the triad of change-loss-grief as widespread, if not universal. By contrast, the official, often enforced, position is that massive organizational change – including, but not limited to downsizing, restructuring, and re-engineering – is a purely instrumental rather than an also expressive phenomenon.

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Understanding Cultural Factors in Food Consumption: An Experiential Case Study of Consumers at an Ethnic Restaurant
Jennifer DeJesus and Robert Guang Tian
No. 1, Vol. 24, Spring, 2004 pp 27 – 40

This anthropological study examines the behaviors of consumers in an ethnic environment to demonstrate the level of awareness of cultures other than one’s own. Previous studies have identified that consumers’ cultural awareness in ethnic restaurants may influence their behaviors for various reasons.

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Leave No Indian Child Behind: A Study of “Culturally Appropriate” Social Services and the American Indian Community in Denver, Colorado
Dana EchoHawk
No. 1, Vol. 24, Spring, 2004 pp 41 – 49

Indian families in Denver, or other urban areas as well, surprisingly have preserved their culture and traditions despite historic oppression and contemporary dysfunctional family situations. The dysfunction is often a result of their interactions with a social services system that does not understand their basic culture, values, or philosophies of family.

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Final Evaluation for a Youth Programs Diversity Mural Workshop with High School Youth
Angela Forcier
No. 1, Vol. 24, Spring, 2004 pp 50 - 63

In 2003 I evaluated a program for Colorado middle- and high-school-aged youth, entitled “Youth Envisioning Social Change Through the Arts.” Frierean ideas were central to the program’s interaction with youth and the community.

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A “New Relationship” Between Anthropologists and the Crees of Québec Part One: The Challenge
Kreg Ettenger
No. 1, Vol 24, Spring, 2004 pp 77 – 92

While the historical relationship between anthropologists and indigenous peoples is complex and contentious, there are many examples of the former supporting the latter as they seek self-governence and autonomy within their respective nation-states. In northern Québec, the Cree (Eeyou) Nation has spent much of the last 30 years in conflict over development of their lands and resources, with anthropologists involved in nearly all levels of this debate.

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Howard F. Stein’s Introduction of Ed Knop, Recipient of the 2004 Omer C. Stewart Memorial Award
Howard F. Stein
No. 2, Vol 24, Fall, 2004 pp 103 – 104

It is a privilege and a pleasure to be invited to participate in the ceremony that honors Ed Knop with the 2004 Omer Steward Memorial Award. Ed Knop has been a devoted, energetic, and fruitful applied sociologist for four decades, and a dedicated member of HPSfAA for more than two decades.

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An Exploratory Study of Young African-American Fathers in Lincoln, Nebraska The Gottfried and Martha Lang Student Prize Paper
Christina J. Dorsey
No. 2, Vol. 24, Fall, 2004 pp 114-128

Both African-American fathers and teen fathers are socially stigmatized groups. Negative stereotypes are especially problematic for men in the intersection of these two categories. Misunderstandings of young Black fathers may lead to a lack of appropriate community services, which research indicates have the potential to mitigate the negative outcomes common to both adolescent fathers and their children.

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Cultural Rights and Uyghur Nationalism
Robert Guang Tian
No. 2, Vol. 24, Fall, 2004 pp 144 – 157

Nation, nationalism, nation-state, and nationalist movements are complicated concepts to be clarified by the scholars who have established postmodernism theories. Various approaches, such as political rights, economic rights, and ethnic identity power, have been created to help understand nationalism and nationalist movements. Cultural rights are viewed as an important foundation for nationalism in postmodern times. The Uyghur nationalists should realize that their objectives need to be adjusted, given their limited resources and the current international situation.

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Amputation as a Strategy of Terror in Sierra Leone
Kate Fogelberg and Alexandra Thalmann
No. 2, Vol. 24, Fall, 2004 pp 158 – 173

Amputation, the loss of one or more limbs, is not a new phenomenon. It has been practiced for an inestimable length of time as a result of acute trauma or chronic vascular disease. These are the causes mainly thought of when discussing amputation in regions like North America (Canadian Medical Association Journal 2000). The loss of limbs as a result of war is not new, either.

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Amish Medicinal Beliefs, Practices, and Practitioners: Medical Hegemony and its Role in Amish Medical Decision-Making
Laura Ballou
No. 2, Vol. 24, Fall, 2004 pp 174 – 184

A power struggle over medical hegemony has ensued between the Amish and the outside biomedical community.This paper considers the problems that face the liberal Amish when making decisions regarding medical care and examines the role of hegemony using birth control and cell phones as examples.

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Fieldwork in the Sugar Beet Fields of Northern Colorado
Barbara Hawthorne
No. 2, Vol. 24, Fall, 2004 pp 185 – 191

The employment of narrative in research is not a new methodology. In anthropology, personal narrative has been used as an important source of information for more than a century. What is new is the acceptance of narrative as a valid information source.


This paper includes short narrative stories about working in the sugar beet fields of northern Colorado and the potato fields of southeastern Nebraska between the1940s and the 1960s. The storytellers are four members of a second-generation immigrant family whose parents came to northern Colorado in search of better opportunities for their family.

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Four Books by Thomas F. King: A Joint Review: Introduction
Lawrence F. Van Horn
No. 24, Vol. 2, Fall, 2004 pp 193 – 194

In this, the Fall 2004 issue, the High Plains Applied Anthropologist carries on the multi-review format begun with the Fall 2003 issue and continued in the Spring 2004 issue. This time, instead of one book reviewed by three reviewers followed by the author’s commentary, each of four reviewers reviews one of the same author’s books. Cultural Resource Laws and Practice: An Introductory Guide, Federal Planning and Historic Places: The Section 106 Process, Thinking About Cultural Resource Management: Essays from the Edge, and Places That Count: Traditional Cultural Properties in Cultural Resource Management are reviewed respectively by Eric Petersen, Darby Stapp, Fred York, and Jacilee Wray.

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Cultural Resource Laws and Practice: An Introductory Guide By Thomas F. King: Review
Eric C. Petersen
No. 2, Vol. 24, Fall, 2004 pp 195 – 197

This review addresses the first and second editions of Cultural Resource Laws and Practice: An Introductory Guide. The author, Thomas F. King, is no newcomer to thinking about cultural resource management (CRM) issues (King 1983). He has been involved in various aspects of CRM and historic preservation since the mid-1960s.

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Federal Planning and Historic Places: The Section 106 Process By Thomas F. King: Review
Darby C. Stapp
No. 2, Vol. 24, Fall, 2004 pp 198 - 201

When Federal Planning and Historic Places: The Section 106 Process by Thomas F. King first appeared in 2000, it quickly became a valuable tool for those involved in cultural resource legal compliance. Specifically, the book focuses on one of the primary compliance drivers, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) as amended, which requires federal agencies to consider potential impacts to important cultural resources when planning new projects.

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Four Books by Thomas F. King: A Joint Review Reviews Counterpointed
Thomas F. King
No. 2, Vol. 24, Fall, 2004 pp 211 – 212

It is a real honor to have not one, not two, not three, but four of my books reviewed in these pages, and all by people whose opinions I respect. I appreciate their generally positive comments and will take their criticisms to heart. Let me comment on a few of the latter, however.

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Altered Bodies, Altered Minds: A Jail Meditation Program
Frances Dahlberg
No. 2, Vol. 24, Fall, 2004 pp 214 – 217

Residents in a medium security, general-population wing of the Boulder (Colorado) County jail have been offered a weekly two-hour meditation program for the last four years. This program is voluntary for both teachers and participants.

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