World Explorations Lectures

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World Explorations is a monthly lecture series designed to introduce you to local travelers, professors, and community members who share their unique insights and experiences. 

All talks are free and open to the public and are held at the Chico Women's Club located at 592 E. Third Street in Chico from 4:00 -5:00 pm.

Coming Up in November ....

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March 6, 2016

Performing Heritage, Remaking Identity: Sacred and Secular Bronze Drums of the Duonou in SW China

A talk by CSU, Chico Anthropology Associate Professor, Dr. William Nitzky

For the talk I will be presenting on the sacred ritual object and cultural practice of the bronze drum in Yao society in Southwest China. Using a material culture studies theoretical framework of analysis, I will present the case of the social life of the ceremonial bronze drum found among the Duonou, a subbranch of the Yao ethnic group. I explore the drum as a tangible and intangible cultural form and its movement, reconfiguration, and revaluation through different social contexts and regimes of value. The talk will first examine the bronze drum's sacred function in everyday life, and use in shamanic ritual funeral activities. Then, how relations with the drum and is significance are complicated as it is positioned within the context of tourism performance will be explored. The drum's "second life" as revalued "heritage", I argue, imposes new demands on the Duonou in the negotiation of the meaning and practice of the drum and reorientations of identity and their traditional knowledge system.  

April 24, 2016

Tradition and Innovation: Aesthetics through Japanese Kimono

A talk by CSU, Chico Professor of Art Education, Dr. Masami Toku

In traditional art, iconography is often based on cultural aesthetics.  Japanese art is no exception.  In this talk, Dr. Toku will explore the semiotic signs found on Japanese Kimonos, as well as themes of nature and the four seasons. 

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

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Tuesday–Saturday 11-3

Monday-Thursday 11-3

Closed between exhibitions.  See exhibition schedule for specific dates.

Note: The Museum of Anthropology is completely wheelchair accessible.

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The museum is located in the Meriam Library complex, next to the Janet Turner Museum


Museum of Anthropology
CSU, Chico 95929-0400

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