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How to Write an E-mail to Your University Professor or TA

How to Write an E-mail to Your University Professor or TA

Writing an e-mail is an important skill that is necessary for your success in college, and also afterwards once you have joined the workforce.  A well written and professional e-mail is important for several reasons. First, it will help your instructor know exactly who you are, what class you are in, and how to best help you. Second, I find that the old adage of: “you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar” rings true. Therefore, a…

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Salutations and Other Basics in Nahuatl

Salutations and Other Basics in Nahuatl

This page is intended for academic use as a tool to help students hear a native speaker of Nahuatl (Catalina de la Cruz Cruz) pronounce words and phrases. None of the files on this page or the rest of the site should be used without prior consent, and can never be used for commercial purposes. Esta página fue creada para uso académico solamente con el fin de que los estudiantes del náhuatl puedan escuchar a una nativo hablante (Catalina de…

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A Few Animals in Nahuatl from the Huasteca Veracruzana

A Few Animals in Nahuatl from the Huasteca Veracruzana

This page is intended for academic use as a tool to help students hear a native speaker of Nahuatl (Catalina de la Cruz Cruz) pronounce words and phrases. None of the files on this page or the rest of the site should be used without prior consent, and can never be used for commercial purposes. Esta página fue creada para uso académico solamente con el fin de que los estudiantes del náhuatl puedan escuchar a una nativo hablante (Catalina de…

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A Video From the Vault: Riverside Newman Center 2012

A Video From the Vault: Riverside Newman Center 2012

I made this video for “Ethnographic Field Methods,” a course in the department of Anthropology at UC Riverside in 2012. I spent three months at the Newman Center conducting ethnographic research. In this video you hear clips of an interview I conducted with Pepsai regarding the Holy Spirit and the Host.

Short Term Research in Mexico and Spain

Short Term Research in Mexico and Spain

I have a post for long-term research in Mexico on a Fulbright, and I imagine it might be useful to some if I posted information regarding a short-term trip. My experience is in Spain and Mexico in historical archives, but I imagine that this information might help people going to the same countries doing non-historical research and perhaps for people going to other countries as well. VISA: You essentially do not need a visa for short trips if you do…

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How to Pronounce Colors and Numbers in Nahuatl

How to Pronounce Colors and Numbers in Nahuatl

This page is intended for academic use as a tool to help students hear a native speaker of Nahuatl (Catalina de la Cruz Cruz) pronounce words and phrases. None of the files on this page or the rest of the site should be used without prior consent, and can never be used for commercial purposes. Esta página fue creada para uso académico solamente con el fin de que los estudiantes del náhuatl pueden escuchar a una nativo hablante (Catalina de…

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Researching in the Biblioteca Nacional de España

Researching in the Biblioteca Nacional de España

The Biblioteca Nacional de España is probably the first place you want to visit in Spain when you are conducting research. Why? Because you get a cool ID card with your name on it, that will be useful when registering for other archives and libraries. The link posted above will lead you to the BNE’s webpage. There you can find their catalog. They have a pretty large collection of codices and manuscripts created or pertaining to Latin America. There is…

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Meal Times in Central Mexico

Meal Times in Central Mexico

One thing that is always a topic of conversation for people new to Mexico is meal times. Mexicans also seem to be intrigued about meal times in the US, and portions for said meals. Knowing the terms and times is important because in Mexico City and many other parts of central and southern Mexico people use different terms that foreigners are not used to, and the times are also very different. It is crucial to use the right terms, otherwise you might…

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Geeking Out With a Magnifying Glass

Geeking Out With a Magnifying Glass

I recently added a new piece to my archival kit, which I will share with you here, so we can geek out together. A few people in the archive have noticed my new toy, and after trying it out they usually fall in love. Yet, as a proud archive rat I realize that most people, including my loved ones, do not care about archival documents nor my archival toys. The item in question is a foldable 5X magnifying glass. The great…

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