More Ethnography Projects

A place at the end of the road

Christie Brugger explores her home, Tofino, through the eyes of an outsider in this ethnographic journey.

From homeless to having a life

During the summer months, homeless people in the Kelowna area often look for shacks like these to shelter in. Royal Roads student Lori Turner profiles the work that Inn From The Cold is doing to reach out to people who experience homelessness.

Drum circles make music & community in Vancouver by Maral Lotfian

Maral Lotfian is a master’s student in intercultural and international communication at Royal Roads University. Lotfian shares her insight into drum circles making music & community in Vancouver, as they celebrate their 80th birthday. The drum circles have played an important role in influencing Vancouverite culture to the extent that arguably they can be viewed as a small-scale cultural group, one that is formed to bring communities together and to promote the active production of music as opposed to the continuous passive consumption of it.

The Eighth Parallel, by Darcy Turenne

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Shot on the islands of Bali and Java, Indonesia, this documentary tells the stories of four Indonesian female athletes who battle fear and sexism by engaging in adventure sports.

Que(e)rying India

As with many developing countries, homosexuality tends to be a controversial (if not taboo) topic in Indian society. Warren Brown explores India's dynamic queer culture in this multimedia public ethnography website, documenting observations and encounters with queer culture to better understand what and how representation takes place.

Visit the Que(e)rying India website.

Created Heritage: Dutch-Canadian culture explored through food

Annette Wierstra's Created Heritage website started with a question: "What makes me a Dutch-Canadian when I have never lived in Holland?"

Like many people, she grew up with stories from two cultures: the culture of her birth and the culture of her parents. Through her research project, she explored how first-generation Canadians with parents born in the Netherlands, find a connection to their heritage.

Were there foods and cultural items that they use to understand and experience a connection to Holland? How do they create their heritage?

House Concert Culture in Victoria, BC by Alison Brown

House concerts have been garnering more attention in recent years, and one venue in particular, Victoria House Concert B (VHCB), run by Andrew Briggs, has become a destination for many musicians to share more than just music. It’s also a chance for musicians to connect with music fans. Check out MA student Alison Brown on the house culture concert here:

Gna Giidadowin: Exploring Our Way of Life Through Anashinabe Song and Drum, by Celeste Pedri

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Drawing upon indigenous ways of knowing and the revitalization of traditional indigenous education, the author, as Anishinabe, “storysharer,” drummer, and community member, explores the relationship between song and story in Anishinabek hand drumming and how it reveals and communicates their life story experiences and knowledge.

Indian Cricket by Jonathan Taggart

On a Saturday afternoon in Dharavi, one of Mumbai’s largest slums, my guide Shekar leads me through narrow corridors, his feet bare in religious observation, past colourful, crowded homes and over open drains whose concrete covers have been mostly dismantled for their valuable rebar cores. We are looking for cricket in non-standard places, and we find it, tucked between shrines and mopeds, pressed up against walls, and tip-toed atop various scatterings of urban detritus.

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Harvesting Community

Harvesting Community

Craig Sorochan, a producer and documentary filmmaker, explores the thriving organic farming culture and food culture of British Columbia’s southwest coast in “Harvesting Community.”

While organic food production and consumption are increasingly mainstream, communication of the value of organic farming has been identified as a key challenge by many organic farmers, and this film bridges the communications gap between organic farmers and consumers.