Pitt Rivers Museum at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography in Oxford houses archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world.
Body Arts: The Panará People
Dr Elizabeth Ewart of the University's Institute of Anthropology and Jaanika Vider, a former student, discuss body adornment and identity in Amazonia,. in particular among the Panará people of Central Brazil whose concepts of personhood and socially 'human' bodies differ from Western ideas.
Body Arts: Feathers, Beads and Paint
Professor Peter Rivière and Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum, Dr Mike O'Hanlon, discuss decorative applications of feathers, beads and paint to the body,. drawing on their respective fieldwork in lowland Amazonia in South America and the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Body Arts: Scent, Pain and Exchange
Professor Jeremy MacClancy of Oxford Brookes University talks to Helen Hales of the Pitt Rivers Museum about themes including scent and perfume,. expressions of womanhood among a minority hill tribe in Pakistan, and the role of pain, degradation and empowerment in marking the body.
Body Arts: The Naga People
Dr Vibha Joshi, a specialist in the Naga culture of northeast India, and Julia Nicholson from the Pitt Rivers Museum look at the unique traditions of hair and body ornaments,. as well as tattooing, among different Naga groups, and discuss the effects of colonisation and Christianity upon their culture.
Body Arts: The Experience of Decoration
Professor Howard Morphy of the Australian National University talks to Helen Hales of the Pitt Rivers Museum about the body as a canvas and the internal experience of external decoration, notably in the context of Aboriginal Australia.
Body Arts: The Flexible Body
The Museum's Director, Dr Mike O'Hanlon, and Professor Stanley Ulijaszek from the University's Institute of Anthropology discuss how the body can be shaped both physically and metaphorically and the idea of bodily norms.