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Left to right: Jamie Lee Marks (NPS), Antoinette Jackson (Univ. of South Florida), Mark Calamia (NPS), Amy Craver (NPS), Janet Cohen (NPS), Michael Evans (NPS), Jennifer Talken-Spaulding (NPS), Noel Lopez (NPS), and Amber Cohen (Univ. of Maryland).

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National Park Service Cultural Anthropologists and Research Partners Present at the Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings, March 2017

Built on a tradition of applied anthropology and engagement with traditionally associated communities, the National Park Service’s (NPS) Cultural Anthropology Program began its 36th year as the NPS entered its second century of stewardship in 2017. As part of the centennial celebrations, NPS anthropologists and academic partners hosted two panels of current and ongoing research at the Society for Applied Anthropology Meeting in Santa Fe, NM. The "Traditions and New Directions" panel highlighted case studies in the application of new methodology, tools, and engagement of anthropological information in park management at the Grand Canyon, the Potomac River and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as a session on the new NPS regulation for plant gathering by tribal members for traditional purposes. The second panel explored new approaches to engaging communities along trails to understand and interpret topics such as cultural landscapes, heritage, and connectivity. Case studies included the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro trail (NM/TX), Athabaskan place names and subsistence trails (AK), the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (MD/DC/VA), and the Mormon pioneer trail Hole-in-the-Rock (UT).

Tribal Leaders Guide to the NPS Plant Gathering Regulation Now Available

The NPS has released public guidance for the NPS Plant Gathering Regulation (36 CFR 2.6). The NPS Plant Gathering Regulation was finalized on August 8, 2016 and provides a mechanism for federally recognized Indian tribes to negotiate and enter into a plant gathering agreement with the NPS to continue cultural traditions that pre-date the establishment of a NPS unit. The "Tribal Leaders Guide to the National Park Service Plant Gathering Regulation" provides guidance on how to request and develop a plant gathering agreement with the NPS. Read more on the NPS Plant Gathering Regulation webpage.

An Interview with Joe Watkins and Jennifer Talken-Spaulding

Joe Watkins and Jennifer Talken-Spaulding talk with Anthropology TV at the American Anthropological Association meeting in Washington, DC in December, 2014.

AAA Webinar, Wednesday - March 18, 2015

An American Anthropological Association (AAA) webinar entitled Applied Anthropology in the National Parks explains the research and services that National Park Service anthropologists provide.

We are the National Park Service

This video -- "Yeah, We're Beautiful" -- invites you to explore and engage in the diversity of people and places within the National Park Service.

Last updated: August 9, 2017