Reindeer Herding + Photo-Video Shooting + Research + Personal Growth = Multimedia Anthropology As Livelihood
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Reindeer Herding + Photo-Video Shooting + Research + Personal Growth = Multimedia Anthropology As Livelihood

[English] HAL member Nicolas Rasiulis spent several months in 2014 living among the Dukha Tsaatans, a small community of reindeer herders who inhabit a taiga landscape in northern Mongolia. He has recently written a piece where he reflects on the particular methodological approach that emerged through his experiences and relationships with the Tsaatans and their […]

POACHED LIVES, TRADED FORMS… Engaging with Animal Trafficking Around the Globe
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POACHED LIVES, TRADED FORMS… Engaging with Animal Trafficking Around the Globe

From the depths of the Borneo jungle through the dark web to private ménageries, this paper reflects on the expansion of contemporary wildlife trafficking and maps an early 21st century trade in living organisms, dead animal parts and metempsychic imaginaries. Involving, among many other emerging relational entanglements, life and death issues, big money, commercial routes […]

A sushi journey
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A sushi journey

In Japan, food scientists working in the highly competitive sushi-restaurant industry have for years been searching for ways to attract customers and enhance people’s dining experiences. Recently, a promising method has been to alter the taste and smell of fish used in traditional sushi dishes, which can be achieved by mixing special ingredients into fish […]

The adventures into the life of the “Edible-nest” Swiftlets: Mapping the etymology (2/7)
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The adventures into the life of the “Edible-nest” Swiftlets: Mapping the etymology (2/7)

        The greatly valued delicacy called the “edible-nest”, found in a number of Asian countries comes from few specific types of birds, and is picked from the habitat of only certain species of Swiftlets. Those special swiftlets all belong to the Collocaliini tribe of the Apodidae (Swift) family. What makes this particular […]

The adventures into the life of the “Edible-nest” Swiftlets and the humanimal relation
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The adventures into the life of the “Edible-nest” Swiftlets and the humanimal relation

             The tropical heavens of South Asia attract people for their paradisiac sand beaches, crystal clear waters, palm trees and fresh exotic fruits. Others are drawn to South Asia’s alternativism to Western Culture, which includes the local cuisines and traditional medicines. Various renowned local foods may be perceived as ‘bizarre’ […]

“Wounded by us, because they are like us”
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“Wounded by us, because they are like us”

Historically, there is a sense that humans and wild elephants have been able to coexist in relative peace whenever and wherever they’ve shared a common space. However in recent decades, human/elephant relations have gravitated towards conflict. On the one hand, elephant numbers are dropping precipitously in most parts of the world due to general habitat loss and […]

Tigers of India : Ranthambore National Park
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Tigers of India : Ranthambore National Park

«Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national park in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. Being considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today the Ranthambore National […]

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HAL?

Photographs by Christian Ziegler WHAT IS HAL? HAL is short for HumAnimaLab or Human-Animal-Laboratory. And it’s a research group that aims to identify both legal and illegal wildlife trading networks at local and global scales. At the moment, HAL is curious about many things, such as the identity and relationships between network actors, the nature […]

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Wildlife Trafficking

Photographs by Brent Stirton WHAT IS WILDLIFE? The term “wildlife” refers to all fauna and flora. “Fauna” comprises all animals such as mammals, reptiles, birds and fish, while “flora” includes plants such as orchids and trees. WHAT IS THE WILDLIFE TRADE? For centuries, animal and plant life has been the object of trade by humans. […]

Requiem for a vanishing species
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Requiem for a vanishing species

” For decades, horse and camel caravans have gathered in Sudan at the beginning of the dry season, when the rivers can be forded, and then crossed into the Central African Republic. Traditionally, poachers carried only swords and lances, but beginning in the early nineteen-seventies, as Sudan and Chad were consumed by civil wars, they […]