Unit 1 Assessment (Draft) 2

Canvas of Curiosity: Unveiling the Threads of Art, Stories, and Culture.

In this odyssey of understanding, I aim to paint a comprehensive portrait of how art and stories serve as bridges, connecting us across the vast landscape of human experience. 

Starting a journey to explore art, stories, and cultural history, I dive into the global exchange known as the Silk Road, connecting us across time and space. Along the way, I encounter Akin, a poet and singer-improviser, who brings a musical touch to our quest for understanding:

Subject: I’m exploring how art, stories, and culture connect across time and cultures, especially with a focus on the contemporary Silk Road. Akin, a poet and singer, plays a key role in this exploration.

Main Concerns and Questions:

  1. How does art reflect and shape cultural beliefs?
  2. How do ancient stories change over time, and what does it tell us about people’s minds?
  3. Why do we love stories, and what makes them similar across different cultures?
  4. What do symbols, like snakes in stories, mean to us?
  5. Are fairy tales just for fun, or do they teach us something important?
  6. How do artists bring old stories to life in modern ways, like through dance?
  7. Why was jade important in ancient China, especially in burials with jade cicadas?
  8. How do challenges shape what artists create?
  9. What happens when ancient stories mix with scientific discoveries, like fossils?
  10. How do stories travel and connect people on the contemporary Silk Road?

Aims: I want to understand how art and stories link us all across time and cultures, with Akin’s music adding a unique touch.


  1. Study how art reflects culture.
  2. Explore how ancient stories change and what it reveals about people.
  3. Understand why stories are loved and shared globally.
  4. Decode the meaning of symbols in stories, like snakes.
  5. Uncover the lessons in fairy tales across different cultures.
  6. See how artists bring old stories to life, especially through dance.
  7. Investigate why jade was important in ancient China, particularly in burials.
  8. Learn how challenges shape what artists create.
  9. Explore the mix of ancient stories and scientific discoveries.
  10. Trace the global journey of stories on the contemporary Silk Road.

By achieving these goals, I aim to create a better understanding of how art, stories, culture, and the contemporary Silk Road connect us, with Akin’s music adding a special layer to this exploration.

Biology, culture, linguistics, archaeology. Main field. 

The top 10 anthropologists from the past, including Franz Boas, Margaret Mead, Claude Levi-Strauss, Bronislaw Malinowski, Clifford Geertz, Marcel Mauss, E.E. Evans-Pritchard, Ruth Benedict, Zora Neale Hurston, and Michel Foucault, have collectively revolutionized anthropology through contributions such as cultural relativism, gender role studies, structural anthropology, functionalism, symbolic anthropology, ethnology, and exploration of power dynamics, significantly shaping our understanding of human behavior and culture. Their diverse perspectives and methodologies have left an enduring impact on the field, fostering a deeper appreciation for the richness of global cultures.

Today’s Top 10 Influential Anthropologists: Ulf Hannerz specializes in urban and media anthropology, Marshall Sahlins is renowned for contributions to economic and historical anthropology, Nancy Scheper-Hughes focuses on medical anthropology with groundbreaking studies on organ trafficking, David Graeber is a notable figure in social anthropology known for anarchist critiques, and Marcia C. Inhorn is an expert in medical anthropology, particularly recognized for her studies on infertility’s societal impacts in the Middle East. Paul Rabinow specialized in the Anthropology of Reason at the University of California, Berkeley; David Price, a cultural anthropologist at Saint Martin’s University, investigated the intersections of government and anthropology; Daniel Miller, a pioneer in digital anthropology at UCL, explored human interactions with technology; Bruno Latour, an anthropologist, philosopher, and sociologist, challenged established norms with Actor Network Theory; and Chris Hann, a Max Planck Institute director, excelled in ethnography and explored the connections between anthropology and history.



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