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From Enskillment to Houses of Learning

Stephanie Bunn

Keywords: ANTHROPOLOGY; ART; CHILDREN'S ETHNOGRAPHIES; ENSKILLMENT; 'PLAYING HOUSE'

Abstract

This article is an exploration of how the interdisciplinary relationship between art and anthropology can contribute to teaching anthropology in schools. The argument is made that through practical engagement with the environment - whether 'natural', social or built - one can develop important and complementary approaches to teaching and thinking about anthropology. Three specific areas of activity are examined: skill and practical work with materials, doing children's ethnographies and 'playing house'. The author draws upon her own experience of working both as an artist and an anthropologist.

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