Primates draw Diné anthropologist to the Philippines

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK, Aug. 14, 2014

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Lori Fields

A Navajo anthropologist has received a grant to study aboard for one year.

Lori Fields, a doctoral student from Texas A&M University, is in the Philippines investigating “how indigenous knowledge and Filipino cultural beliefs affect local people’s views on the environment, tarsiers, and macaques."

A tarsier is a small primate and the macaque is a monkey.

Fields is working on her Ph.D. in biological anthropology with a focus on human-nonhuman primate interactions.

She earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in anthropology from New Mexico State University.

“The views of indigenous people are important because they influence the efforts of conservationists and organizations attempting to create sustainable conservation and ecotourism projects in areas with human-nonhuman primate interaction,” Fields said.

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