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About Matthew Timothy Bradley

My name is Matthew Timothy Bradley; I go by Matthew or Mateo. I am a budding freelance writer who has also done some work as a copyeditor and proofreader.

I grew up surrounded by mountains in Cherokee, North Carolina and currently live surrounded by mountains in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
Cherokee High School

Go Braves!

I love animals, ’specially cats.

MacBook Pro cat

Studious Dill.

I love plants, too.

Drosera

Cheerful sundew.

For three seasons of the year I enjoy spending time outdoors

hiking waterfall

At a cascade on Shawangunk Ridge.

and I’m crazy about it during the winter, something I discovered after moving to western Massachusetts in 2008.

winter trekking Massachusetts

Up in the rime on Mt. Greylock.

Skills, knowledge, interests, &tc.

I am a top-notch Spanish speaker as a result of eleven months spent living in Guatemala, a month’s trip to Cuba, and a year spent living in Puerto Rico between September 1995 and August 1998.

I received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Western Carolina University in the summer of 2002. I entered the Indiana University Department of Anthropology in the autumn of 2004 and left without a degree. That fact has everything to do with how academia and I are not a good fit for one another and nothing to do with how I feel about anthropology. This blog is a part of my efforts to continue to make use of the investment my teachers and I have made in that part of myself along the way. (That’s not a lost costs thing, either. I really do love anthropology.)

Subject matter-wise, my big interest is American Indians. That’s kind of a natural given that I grew up on a reservation and all, and my geographic interest began with the Cherokee, expanded to the Southeast and then to the Iroquoian peoples, and now includes the Eastern Woodlands in general. The current and past relationships between Indians and anthropolog-y/-ists is in no way straightforward, but no one should take for granted that it is negative. To paraphrase my teacher Jason Jackson, the chances of finding an ethnography in a randomly selected American household are vanishingly slim. But the chances of finding an ethnography in a randomly selected household located on an Indian reservation aren’t bad at all.

I’ve studied enough linguistics to be comfortable reading linguistic literature but I am certainly not a good linguist. I am good with kinship, material culture, and history of anthropology. Anthropologists whose works and careers I particularly admire include Alexander Lesser, Mary Haas, Bruce Trigger, and Philippe Descola.

I have an interest in conflict (as in ‘war[fare]’) which I attribute to being raised by a mother who spent time as an officer in the North Carolina National Guard followed by living in Guatemala during an ongoing civil war. I know enough about the topic to be of the opinion that anyone who wants to talk about war should keep in mind the things that don’t make the paper—the closing of schools and clinics, the flight of skilled workers, the constant fear of the knock at the door, the years of animosities after the shooting finally ends—as well as knowing a few basics concerning the art of war, like the difference between a company and a battalion and such as that.

Finally, I am a cinephile. I will happily watch even a bad movie so long as it is bad in an inspired way.

Find me on Google+ and Twitter.

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3 Comments

  1. I can relate to some of this, like cats, plants and 3 seasons, but winter has dropped from the list as I get older (and older). Anthropology and I parted ways early in college, but I still follow news on human evolution and enjoy archaeology specials on TV, but not quite as much as Donna.

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    • I feel like the same thing is happening with me as I get older, but summer is the season that is dropping lower on the list!

      Physical anthropology is the subfield I know the least about, but I do try to follow to some extent. Here is the most recent big story.

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  2. We love Discover magazine. The hominid skull actually made it to a brief mention on the national news. (I usually watch CBS.)
    Summer is second from bottom; we are not hot weather people either. Spring and fall are tops. Autumn colors are the best, but temp’s are falling, so it drops to #2.

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