The 2011 AAA Photo Contest is a showcase of anthropology at its best. Of the 93 photos submitted, AAA members selected their favorites in each of the four categories: Practice, People, Place and Process. You can view the top 20 photos in Anthropology News. Here on the AAA blog, we featured several of the photos in a blog series, Photo Friday.
Title: The Fighting Cock
Photo Courtesy of Michael Eilenberg
Contest Category: People
Caption: 76-year-old Ringgit gently handles his prime fighting cock after dressing its wounds from a recent cockfight. For several months Ringgit’s clan had been in conflict with a neighbouring clan over ownership to a piece of forest. It was decided that the dispute should be solved through a cockfight with the winning party gaining control of the forest. Besides, from being important arenas for networking and making deals cockfights are often used by the Iban in West Kalimantan, Indonesia to settle internal disagreement and disputes. In this remote part of Indonesia where state institutions are weak, customary law still plays a crucial role in conflict settlement. West Kalimantan, Indonesia. April 2011.
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