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Nubian EncountersThe Story of the Nubian Ethnological Survey 19611964$
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Nicholas S. Hopkins and Sohair R. Mehanna

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164019

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164019.001.0001

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Field Research and Training of Autochthonous People

Field Research and Training of Autochthonous People

My Own Experience in Nubia

(p.281) Field Research and Training of Autochthonous People
Nubian Encounters

Nicholas S. Hopkins

Sohair R. Mehanna

American University in Cairo Press

We could cite an endless list of countries, peoples, and languages that are menaced by forced displacement and even disappearance before having been documented. Minority cultures and languages in particular are threatened by mightier neighbors and industrialized nations. With technical improvements and mechanical achievements, people are pushed into new, unwanted situations. This chapter deals with the case of the minority culture and language of the Egyptian Nubians investigated in the 1960s before their evacuation. In this fieldwork, anthropology could only be applied as a humanitarian discipline, aiming at the safeguarding of the—then present—and last stage of an ancient culture.

Keywords:   UNESCO, minority culture, Egypt, anthropology, Old Nubia, forced displacement

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