Any thoughts?

Joyce Lucke (jlucke@INDYVAX.IUPUI.EDU)
Fri, 26 Jul 1996 11:25:51 -0500

This summer I have run into an interesting, if not amusing, discussion with
another professor on my campus. The instructor who teaches human geography
and I share several students this summer. In my class, I often hear from
the students what they hear in geography that relates to we are discussing
in intro cultural anthro. About a month ago, they came to me before class
to ask if what they heard in geography was true. It seems that our
geographer lectured on how southern African Bushman have enlarged buttocks
so they can store water like camels for travelling across the desolate

Now, I have had several conversations with this geographer regarding his
comments and have checked a few sources of my own to brush up on Bushman
anatomy and physiology. But I would love to hear how others might have
approached this situation. By the way, he does not see his comments as
being in the least bit distasteful or incorrect. In fact, he says he
visited Capetown twenty years ago and saw an exhibit in the Natural History
Museum there that supports his information.

Any thoughts?
Joyce Lucke
Department of Anthropology
Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus
4601 Central Avenue
Columbus, IN 47203-1769