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Adorable Husky Puppies Are Dressed Up in Human Clothes

Although photographer Erica Tcogoeva doesn’t own a dog, it didn't’s stop her from staging photographs with Husky puppies. By dressing up the adorable, miniature canine companions in human clothes, to highly their peaceful personalities and quirks. The collection is irresistibly cute. Smiling is definitely not an option. 

Pyoju Gourd Scoop

Joseon dynasty

This is used to scoop drinking water, and is a very useful item for traveling. This is one hemisphere of rounded Pyoju gourd. Normal size scoop is too big, easy to break, and ungainly to look at when carrying it around, so most of them were specially made in small sizes so they could be carried at one’s waist.

They are made from the inside of ash trees and zelkova, and because of its rough texture that gives a unique look, it is widely used by scholars.

From the Sookmyung Womens University Museum.

TRÀ ĐÁ VỈA HÈ
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Nếu vào một quán nước vỉa hè, ở Sài Gòn thì bạn cần mang tối thiểu là 10 ngàn, còn ở Hà Nội thì chỉ cần 3 ngàn.
Ở Hà Nội khi vào quán bạn chỉ gọi 1 ly trà đá rồi trả 3 ngàn, thì đó là điều rất bình thường. Nhưng ở Sài Gòn, khi vào quán mà bạn chỉ gọi ly trà đá thì họ sẽ không bán cho bạn, vì trà đá là đồ uống miễn phí đính kèm, không chỉ 1 ly mà họ sẵn sàng cho bạn tới 3 ly, với điều kiện là bạn phải uống một thứ gì đó, thấp nhất là 1 ly cafe có giá 10 ngàn.
Dưới góc độ kinh doanh, thì lợi nhuận người bán ở Sài Gòn sẽ lớn hơn gần gấp đôi người bán ở Hà Nội, tính trên một đơn vị bình quân đầu người. Cụ thể, bán ly trà đá 3 ngàn, vốn của 1 ly trà đá khoản 500 đồng, lợi nhuận người bán ở Hà Nội thu về là 2.500 đồng. Bán ly cafe 10 ngàn, vốn của một ly cafe là 5 ngàn, cộng với trà đá uống miễn phí thoải mái khoản 1 ngàn, lợi nhuận người bán ở Sài Gòn thu về là 4 ngàn.
Qua việc buôn bán vỉa hè cũng có thể thấy, người Sài Gòn giỏi kinh doanh hơn người Hà Nội. Không những vậy mà còn được mang tiếng thơm là phóng khoán hơn, vì cái mà ở Hà Nội phải trả tiền, còn Sài Gòn lại được miễn phí.

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***PHAM LE VUONG CAC

An elderly Hindu man from the village of Nandgaon, smeared with colors, celebrate Holi on the Streets of Barsana, India.

Photo By: Siddharth Setia, 2015

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What Makes Me Human? The Idea of Cultural Transmission

There is a widely held myth that humans are distinct from all other animals because we have culture. As sociologists understand the term, culture is the system of beliefs, skills, and knowledge shared by a group of people or society, and stated in those terms, it is not something unique to homo sapiens. In fact, as Gillian Anderson (i.e., Dana Scully from The X-Files) explains in this short video, chimpanzees have a kind of culture too. What makes humans unique is that we are capable of passing on our culture, knowledge, and skills across generations to strangers we’ve never met, a phenomenon known as cultural transmission. Unlike chimpanzees, who have been observed teaching other chimpanzees how to use tools from their environment, humans are not limited to face-to-face interactions. Through our use of symbols, or signifiers in the terminology introduced by the Swiss semiotician Ferdinand de Saussure, we have proven to be very capable of transmitting our culture in various forms, such as writing, paintings, photographs, videos, and even in the artifacts we’ve designed, like tombstones and telephones.

Submitted By: Lester Andrist

Love Native American culture, but unsure if you’re appropriating what you’re wearing?

As an aspiring fashion designer, I am personally horrified at how my industry [mis]represents different cultures around the world (Karlie Kloss at the most recent Victoria’s Secret fashion show, anyone?). We don’t seem to care enough, and I refuse to become a part of that statistic.

So I came across this website, called Beyond Buckskin Boutique, created by a Native American, for Natives and non-Natives alike. Native American artists come together to share their culture with non-Native Americans, creating and selling apparel, jewelry, accessories, etc. by hand that are from their culture, but have little to no sacred significance, and at different price points.

Like these Holy Bear bangles***:

And these Navajo rug earrings:

And this boss-ass Thunderbird necklace:

And this v beautiful turquoise ring***:

What does this mean?

Us white people can purchase from this website and know that we are not appropriating the culture. If you have a fascination with the Native American culture (like me) and what it has to offer, but aren’t sure about whether or not what you wear/want is appropriating their culture, this website is a must, because you know it’s okay. A Google search never hurts either.

You’ll notice this website doesn’t sell headdresses. Why? Because they are sacred af and should not be touched by non-Natives.

Now white girls can live their dream[catcher]s.

Don’t forget about the men! This shirt is from the creator of Props and Glory, a company dedicated to the creator’s culture (the man on the shirt is the creator’s great-great grandfather) and giving thanks to it***:

My personal favorite is this shirt.

Because fuck Christopher Columbus.

Please help get the word out, for the sake of the Native Americans. And if anybody has similar websites for other cultures, please don’t hesitate to paste a link! I, for one, love learning about other cultures, and I greatly appreciate being told what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate to have/wear.

***items are currently sold out