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“Cultural Site” Passport Paper


“Cultural Site” Passport Paper 

Description of the Assignment:

For this assignment, you are required to visit one of the local “cultural sites” listed and write a 2.5-page paper based on the information you can record at the site. You should focus on “anthropological” themes and information and explicitly integrate terms and concepts that we have learned in this course into your paper. Remember, this must be a “cultural site,” where you learn about the people who lived there (or nearby).


  • The paper should be 2.5 double-spaced pages with 1 inch margins and 12 point font.
  • You can use information collected at the site in the form of brochures, pamphlets, guides, and exhibits, etc, to write your paper. MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO NOT QUOTE THESE SOURCES. NO QUOTES! Use your own words and use the citation/bibliography reference document to cite your sources and create a bibliography.



  • Follow the paper structure provided below and use the “subheadings” that are listed.
  • You must include proof that you visited the site! Include a picture of you at the site (on the last page)—make sure the picture clearly demonstrates your location. There cannot be any ambiguity regarding your location in the picture.



Paper Structure (and grading rubric!):

  1. Subheading: “Introduction” – introduce the topic of your paper and make a “claim/ thesis statement” that you will support with evidence in the other sections in the paper. See the link “writing advice” on BbL for review of “how to make a claim” and

“develop a thesis statement” in a research paper. (1 point)

  1. Subheading: “Location” – Describe the location you visited: the natural features, the information provided at the site, the physical locations where cultural activities took place, and the ways visitors navigate the site. If you go to the Museum of Northern Arizona, focus on one exhibit and describe the sites displayed in the exhibit (1 point)
  2. Subheading: “Cultural Activities” – Describe the cultural activities and practices of the people who once inhabited site (or currently inhabit the site). Make connections between different activities and use anthropological terms/concepts learned in the course to describe them. (1 point)
  3. Subheading: “Significance of this Site” – Why is the site important? What does it tell us about human/cultural diversity and people more generally? What does the site teach us about the role culture in structuring our lives. How does what you learned about another group of people differ from your own cultural experience? (1 point)
  4. Subheading: “Conclusion” – Summarize your claim and reinforce your evidence to support the claim (make sure you include a bibliography after your conclusion. (1 point)
  • Late papers – minus 1 point
  • Papers lacking the required picture or including an ineffective picture – minus 2 points

Accepted Local Cultural Sites (yes, you must visit one of these):

  • Explore Navajo Interactive Museum
  • Hopi Cultural Center
  • Navajo National Monument
  • Elden Pueblo Arch Site
  • The Museum of Northern Arizona
  • Wupatki National Monument
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Montezuma Well
  • Yavapai-Apache Cultural Center
  • Tuzigoot National Monument
  • Grand Canyon “Cultural Sites”

Last Updated on March 5, 2018

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