More Ethnography Projects

The forgotten workers of Little Rann

Commerce has played a central role in shaping Gujarati history since 3000 B.C.  And, amidst the shrubbery and arid climate, the salt plains of Little Rann (another word for small desert) are home to perhaps one of the most marginalized groups in the region. Sasha Caldera takes a close-up look at the young men who work in appalling conditions to supply India with salt in this article published in the Vancouver Observer.

Ethnopoetry: Reflecting on India


Ethnopoetics contains an aesthetic power that Lindz Marsh sought to harness to discover both the sensuality and spirituality of India; these haiku were created to allow her to absorb and express her experiences during a field study with the Centre for Environment Education, a NGO in Gujarat, India. For her, poetry is, at once, reflexive and creative, and provided a window to interrogate India’s cultural, social, political and economic contexts and their shifting relations.

Green in the Sea of Red

In the midst of the Canadian Football League’s off-season, three Calgary graduate students, Andrea Morrow, Jamie Ekelund and Jillian Hanson, set out to explore how the Saskatchewan Roughriders (Riders) fan base creates a sense of community, identity and culture within the city of Calgary. With one Albertan and two former Saskatchewanians on the team, this ethnographic research employed an insider and outsider approach.

Medicine Hat Community Inclusiveness Initiative, by Shalla Shaharayar

Royal Roads Intercultural & International Communications MA student Shalla Shaharayar is trying to connect newcomer professionals to the Medicine Hat community. 

Shalla's project assists in bridging the gap between the mainstream population and new Canadians by creating an awareness of issues or barriers, focusing mainly on the absense of a sense of belonging experienced by newcomers, and thus shedding light on the broader political and cultural context existing in Medicine Hat.

Look at My Canada by Brenda Mein and Kim Trynacity

Royal Roads University student's Brenda Mein and CBC’s Kim Trynacity spoke with six people who have chosen to make Canada their home, and discovered that a photograph can their expose deep and unique attachment to their new country, and reveal personal tales of hardship and hope.

The result of these conversation is “Look at My Canada,” and the photos taken are as unique as each participant’s story of arriving and living in Canada.

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.