Ethnology: Background information when reading Bone River

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Bone River

by Megan Chance

Bone River
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Ethnology

Ethnology Map of 1904Ethnology is a section of anthropology that analyzes the differences between religion, language, technologies and other social structures of people as categorized by race, nationality or ethnicity. Its goals are broad – to understand the history of human beings and the creation of our various social norms (as defined by race, nationality or ethnicity). It has become exceedingly similar to cultural anthropology and social anthropology, so much so that the three terms are often interchangeable. Another way to understand ethnology is that it is the study of living cultures, both in their own, separate rights, and as compared to others across the world.

Bone RiverIn Bone River, Leonie and her husband, Junius, are ethnologists who study skeletons, as well as artifacts, of local primitive culture to try to understand the origins of human culture. They live near Bone River in Washington State, which is where they make their discoveries.

Adam Franz Kollár (1718-1783) is said to have ...

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