Pacific Northwest Local Practitioner Organization: Meeting at SfAA 2012-Baltimore

By Emilia Clements
Fifth Sun Development Fund

Emilia Clements

The Pacific Northwest Local Practitioner Organization (PNW LPO) held its first annual meeting at the 2012 SfAA annual conference in Baltimore in March.

Since the organizational meeting in Seattle in 2011, co-founders have been working to build the organization.  One challenge is communicating with its 40+ members.  We are improving our member list with the help of the SfAA and NAPA.  Another challenge is the sheer geographical size of the region. Charter members suggested that the first event should be located in Portland, stating that it was fairly easy to get to this central location. The LPO is in the planning stages of its Portland event.

Baltimore attendees recommended that the LPO work closely with the Northwest Anthropology  Conference. This group is headed by a co-founder, Darby Stapp, who coordinates an annual conference in the region.  This year:

65th Annual Northwest Anthropological Conference-March 15-17, 2012

“The Past Is Present” is this year’s theme for the Northwest Anthropological Conference hosted by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Oregon. We look forward to exploring the theme in terms of both time and space. The Cayuse, Walla Walla, and Umatilla Tribes have lived on and shared a connection with this land since time immemorial. The past is literally all around us and our lives are informed by everyone and everything that has gone before. Cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, paleoanthropology, and primatology all ask and answer questions about how human beings relate to the past. We encourage presenters to consider the various ways in which the past is with us and shapes the present, focusing on topics such as cultural continuity, people’s connection to the landscape, first foods, cultural perspectives on time and place, and other ways in which people relate to the past. However, submissions on all topics, subfields of anthropology, related fields, and geographic areas are welcomed.

New Members

We are pleased to welcome three new members:
Susan Charnley, Ph.D., U.S. Forest Service, Portland
Michael Giulietti, Oregon State University student
Erve Chambers, Ph.D., University of Maryland

Join us to help shape LPO activities in our unique region!

Our Vision: A Pacific Northwest Local Practitioner Organization (LPO) serves the interests of practicing anthropologists who either reside in the area or work in the area by offering venues for professional reflection and development.  Such venues may include:

  • Yearly or quarterly gatherings for socializing, sharing information, and discussing the issues in our field;
  • Seminars or learning events on topics of interest to the membership;
  • Sponsoring an in-depth exploration of topics of interest which may yield to individual and group publications;
  • Strategy sessions on being effective in the policy arena.

Local Practitioner Organizations (LPOs) are regional professional organizations of practicing anthropologists, university and college professors, students, and others interested in the anthropological perspective and using the tools of anthropology and related disciplines to help solve contemporary human problems.

LPOs come in many forms and may hold conferences, meetings, special events, publish journals and always, provide opportunities for professional and social interaction. LPOs are affiliated with the SfAA.

A Society board member serves as liaison with LPOs.


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