Anthropology is the study of humans and their cultures in the broadest sense. It is the study of humanity, past and present, in all its biological and cultural aspects. Anthropologists study the diversity, origins, and evolution of human and primate culture and behavior, the development of human culture and the processes of culture change, the phenomenon of language, and the structure and meaning of human interaction.Anthropology is unique in its approach to the study of humanity in both the deep span of time and the breadth of aspects of humanity considered, bridging social, biological, and earth sciences and the humanities. Click on the Anthropology at SIUC link to learn more about our areas of study.
This image is from an Oglala Lakota War Exploit-Style Buffalo Robe dating to the 1860’s and 1870’s. The painted buffalo robe shows an Oglala Lakota warrior encountering a number of Apsáalooke (Abasaroka) warriors , soldiers, and capturing horses. It displays one form of Indigenous literacy.
This robe is part of the permanent collection of the SIUC University Museum, donated in 1947 by the family of the university’s first athletic director, William McAndrew. Its stories were interpreted in a 1970’s study by then SIUC Anthropology PhD student Seth Schindler.