Cultural Anthropology

The MNHN’s cultural anthropology collections focus on the interrelationship between human societies and their environment with a focus on techniques, representations, knowledge and know-how. The field is actually twofold, involving ethnology and ethnobiology. In addition, ethnology deals with the techno-cultural evolution of societies in a context of globalization as well as issues of identity. Ethnobiology, which can be further broken down into ethnobotany and ethnozoology, revolves around human relationships with plants and animals.

Cultural Anthropology

  • Ethnobiology

    Grande houe à billonnage pour la culture des ignames (Dioscorea spp., Dioscoreaceae). Bénin. Coll. R. Pujol © MNHN - JC Domenech

    Ethnobiology is a branch of human science that studies the interrelationship between human...

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  • Ethnology

    Peinture sur infrabase de palme du palmier sagoutier Metroxylon sagu. Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, 2006 © MNHN - JC Domenech

    All of the ethnology collections are the object of MNHN research, particularly with regard to...

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