Fifty Years An Anthropologist!  

Dr. Charles F. Urbanowicz / Retired Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
California State University Chico / Chico, California 95929-0400
Anthropology Department: Phone: 530-898-6192

23 September 2021

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CONCLUSIONS (of a Sort!)





"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."  Mark Twain [Samuel Clemens] (1835-1910), The Innocents Abroad (1869)


In Fall 1973 I became a member of the facuty at California State University Chico and this is my 42nd Anthropology Forum presentation At the beginning of the 1973 semester, Professor Turhon Murad gave the first Forum and I gave the second one on November 7, 1973. 


In 1965, after four years of service I was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force and went on to attend Western Washington University (then Western Washington State College) and eventually received a B.A. in Sociology-Anthropology in 1967. My wife, Sadie, and I were married in 1963 and Sadie graduated from Western in 1965. In 1967 we moved to Oregon and Sadie taught in Springfield and I attended the University of Oregon where I eventually received two Anthropology degrees: an M.A. in 1969 and the Ph.D. in 1972.  Hence the title!  A presentation or a lecture of fifty minutes works out to be one year per minute!


After earning the Ph.D. in 1972 I taught at the University of Minnesota for the 1972-1973 academic year and then in 1973 accepted a teaching position at California State University Chico. I completely retired from Chico in December 2009.  In addition to teaching various Anthropology courses at Chico (as well as one course specifically designated as "Social Science" and one course for the Department of History), I was the Social Science Coordinator in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences for two years (1975-1977), the Associate Dean in Regional and Continuing Education for eleven years (1977-1988), was an elected member of the Academic Senate (1995-1996) for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, was an Advisor for Minors in the Department of Anthropology and was also co-advisor for Phi Eta Sigma (National Honor Society). In 1994 students selected me for Honorary Membership in Phi Eta Sigma.


In addition to performing in campus theatrical production I also served as a dramaturge for several productions and in 2001 theatre students selected me for Honorary Membership in the Alpha Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Psi Omega (National Theatre Honor Society).  From 1997-to-1999 I was designated as one of five "Master Teachers" of the university. In May 2005 my Anthropology colleagues gave me the title of Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and I took part in FERP (Faculty Early Retirement Program) from fall 2005 to fall 2009, teaching full-time in the Department of Anthropology every fall semster.


Over the years I have come to realize that the university, any university, is not a factory for graduating 1000s of identical individuals but is a very special place where creativity should flourish and does flourish as a result of many talented and creative individuals: staff and faculty! These words, as well as the following, are taken from the 2009 web paper referenced below where I mention Charles Darwin. The scholar Janet Browne has written the following:


"He [Charles Darwin] believed that the natural world was the result of constantly repeated small and accumulative actions, a lesson he had first learned when reading Lyell's Principles of Geology [1830] aboard the Beagle and had put to work ever since. ... No one, not even Lyell [1797-1875] himself, or any of Darwin's closest friends and supporters, accepted as ardently as Darwin that the book of nature was about the accumulative powers of the small [stress added]." Janet Browne, 2002, Charles Darwin: The Power of Place - Volume II of a Biography (NY: Alfred A. Knopf), page 490.


I add the following: not only is the "book of nature" about the accumulative powers of the small but so are the cultural actions or the events of human life!


From 2004 through 2020 Sadie and I have made presentations on some fifty cruises, totaling approximately 876 days. This map is referred to in today's PowerPoint presentation:

Composite Cruises} December 20, 2004 -> January 28, 2020 (To see how this map was created and see what cruises were involved, please go to:



Below you will find some web pages (in reverse chronological order) mentioned in today's forum; should you go to them you will see some repetition in the pages.  For a complete listing of all of my web pages at California State University Chico you may go to the bottom of my Home Page (provided at the top of this page) or utilize the "Search CSU, Chico" box from the University's Home Page.  You will note that when you use the search box the addresses for my various web pages will appear as: = = = =.  Unfortunately, a few years ago, in the transfer of web pages to "yourweb" numerous typographical errors occured (which were NOT in the original pages).  In addition to the typos, "images" listed on a particular page will not appear as a result of the transfer to "yourweb" and since the "links" within the various pages do not begin with "yourweb"so they are not working links.  Sorry about that but all of the links below have been changed to the "yourweb" address and do connect you to the item (but not to any embedded images on those pages). Finally, if you go to the pages below you will see that I utilize numerous quotes, following the (translated) words of Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592), "I quote others only to better express myself" for as Margaret Mead (1901-1978) wrote:


"Anthropologists are highly individual and specialized people. Each of them is marked by the kind of work he or she prefers and has done, which in time becomes an aspect of that individual's personality." As cited in Isaac Asimov & Jason Shulman, eds., 1988, Isaac Asimov's Book of Science And Nature Quotations, page 20.


For another look at fifty years of Anthropological activities at Califoria State University Chico, please see the following:[Stories From the Museum} The Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, California State University Chico]


The links for the following web pages were all working as of this presentation.


2020 [January References for the Viking Sun cruise} January 4-January 28, Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand].


2019 [A Retired Professor With Some Words About Anthropology and Creativity. For the Anthropology Forum at CSU, Chico, February 7, 2019.]


2018[October-November References for the Seabourn Sojourn cruise} October 15, 2018 to November 19, Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand].


2017 [Brochure references as well as reading list and video links for Smithsonian Journeys: French Polynesia (February 9-19, 2017).


2016[Marketing From The Perspective Of An Anthropologist. For a presentation in Tom Urbanowicz's CSU, Chico MKTG 305 (Survey of Marketing) [20 September 2016].


2015 [World War II, 1931-1945: Words, images, And Locations. This web page gas a link to the 50 minute video that was made of the preentation. For the Anthropology Forum at CSU, Chico, 3 September 2015.]


2014[Cruising Into Retirement As An Anthropologist. For the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., December 3-7, 2014].


2012a [Anthropology Through Cartoons, Or, Anthropology Can Be Funny! For the Anthropology Forum at CSU, Chico, December 13, 2012.]


2012b [Pacific Travelers, presented with Sadie Urbanowicz. For the Anthropology Forum at CSU, Chico, April 12, 2012.]


2009 [Final Words And Cruising Into Retirement. For the Anthropology Forum at CSU, Chico, December 10, 2009.]


2007[Pearl Harbor After Sixty-Six Years and World War II in the PTO (Pacific Theater of Operations)]. For the Anthropology Forum at CSU, Chico, December 6, 2007.]


2005a[World War II Ends! For the Anthropology Forum at CSU, Chico, September 1, 2005.]


2005b[Tahiti:  From 1971 To 2004/2005! For the Anthropology Forum at CSU, Chico, May 5, 2005.]


2004a [Europeans in Tahiti: From Cook to Gauguin. For the Anthropology Forum CSU, Chico, November 4, 2004.]


2004b [with Donna Crowe][The Darwin Project: 1996 to 2004! For the Tenth Annual Conference on Learning and Teaching sponsored by CELT (Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching), at CSU, Chico, October 21-22, 2004.


2004c [Mapping The Islands of the Pacific: Islanders and Others (Including Cook and Darwin). For a presentation at the WAML (Western Association of Map Libraries) Conference, April 29-30, 2004, at CSU, Chico.]


2004d [Four Darwin Videos from CSU, Chico. For the Anthropology Forums at CSU, Chico, February 12 and 19, 2004).


2003a [Destination Polynesia: Tahiti And The Neighbor Islands. For the Anthropology Forum at CSU, Chico, November 6, 2003.)


2003b [The Anthropology Forum: 1973->2003. For the Anthropology Forum at CSU, Chico, May 15, 2003.)


2003c [Some "Sacred" Cities of America (Part II): Honolulu (Hawai'i), Las Vegas (Nevada), and Washington, D.C. For the monthly lecture series entitled "World Explorations" sponsored by The Museum of Anthropology, CSU, Chico, May 4, 2003.]


2003d [Dramaturge information for the CSU, Chico Spring 2003 production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Directed by Professor Sue Pate, CSU, Chico, March 4-9, 2003.] [Also performed as several characters; please see the web page for further information.]


2002a [Chapter in There Is A Grandeur In This View Of Life. In Darwin Day Collection One: The Single Best Idea Ever, Edited by Amanda Chesworth et al. (Albuquerque, New Mexico: Tangled Bank Press), pages 67-70.


2002b[A "Story" (Vision or Nightmare?) of the Region in 2027. For lassroom use at CSU, Chico, September 30, 2002.]


2002c [Some Sacred "Cities" of the Americas (Part I): Cahokia (North America), Chichen Itza (The Yucatan), and Machu Picchu (Peru).]  (For the monthly lecture series entitled "World Explorations" sponsored by The Museum of Anthropology, CSU, Chico), October 6, 2002.


2002d [Dramaturge and performed as "Abraham Kaplan" in the CSU, Chico Spring 2002 production of Elmer Rice's Street Scene (March 6-10, 2002), directed by Dr. Randy Wonzong.


2001[Gambling Into The 21st Century. Hosts And Guests Revisited: Tourism Issues of the 21st Century, edited by Valene Smith and Maryann Brent (NY: Cognizant Communication Corp.), pp. 69-79.


2000 [For the 99th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, California] (November 15-19, 2000).


2000 Menmonics, Quotations, Cartoons, And A Notebook: "Tricks" For Appreciating Vultural Diversity Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, Patricia Rice & David W. McCurdy, Editors (NJ: Prentice Hall), pages 132-140.


1996[Urbanowicz on Darwin. CSU, Chico Spring 1995/Fall 1996).


1993a"[Peoples & Cultures of the Pacific: Okeania est omnis divisa in partes tres. For the Anthropology Forum at CSU, Chico, September 30, 1993].


1993b R. Darwin: Happy 116th Anniversary! For the 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., November 17-21, 1993.]


1992 [Four-Field Commentary]. Published in the Newsletter of the American Anthropological Association, 1992, Volume 33, Number 9, page 3.]


1991a [with Lou Nevins] [For the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C., February 14-19, 1991).


1991b[Tonga. Encyclopedia of World Cultures, edited by D. Levinson (Boston: Hall-Macmillan), pp. 336-339].


1991c[Marconi Receives the First Transatlantic Telegraphic Radio Transmission. Great Events From History II: Science And Technology Series, Volume 1 - 1888-1910, edited by Frank N. Magill) Pasadena/Englewood Cliffs: Salem Press), pages 128-133.]


1989a[Tourism in Tonga Revisited: Continued Troubled Times? Hosts And Guests: The Anthropology of Tourism, edited by V. Smith, 2nd Edition (University of Pennsylvania), pp. 105-117.]


1989b[Satellites: The Global Village and Tele-Education. Space 30: A Thirty Year Overview of Space Applications and Exploration, edited by Pelton et. al (Alexandria, VA), pp. 90-105


1988[The Potential of the Pacific: Some Suggestions From California State University, Chico. For the 1988 Annual Meeting of The Pacific Telecommunications Council, Honolulu, Hawai'i, February 15-19, 1988.)


1984[The Role of "Good" Science Fiction and Space Applications and The Future. Space and Society: Challenges and Choices, edited by Anaejionu et al. (American Astronautical Society, San Diego, CA), Vol. 59: 309-329.]


1983[Christian Missionaries in the Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga: Late 18th Century & Early 19th Century Activities. For the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, San Francisco, California, for the Symposium entitled "Missions and Missionaries in the Pacific: An Overview" on December 28, 1983.]


1980 https://curbanowicz.yourweb.csuchico/1980PolynesianPaper.html[Women In The Pacific: Some Polynesian Examples. For The "Asia and Pacific" Section of the 28th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory, San Francisco, California, October 23-25, 1980.]


1978a [Brève note sur l'inflation, le tourisme et le Pétrole au Royaume polynésien des Iles Tonga. Journal de la Société des Océanistes (Paris), Vol. 36, No. 60:137-138.


1978b [Cultural Implications of Extraterrestrial Contact and the Colonization of Space. The Industrialization of Space: Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, edited by Richard A. Van Patten, Paul Siegler, and E.V.B. Stearns (American Astronautical Society, San Diego, CA), Vol. 36, Part 2, Advances In The Astronautical Sciences, pages 785-797; originally presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the American Astronautical Society, San Francisco, CA, October 18-20, 1977.)


1977a [Tourism in Tonga: Troubled Times. Hosts and Guests: The Anthropology of Tourism, edited by V. Smith (University of Pennsylvania), pp. 83-92.]


1977b [Motives and Methods: Missionaries in Tonga in the Early 19th Century. The Journal of the Polynesian Society, Vol. 86, No. 2: 245-263.]


1977c[For the Symposium on "The Search For Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence at NASA/Ames Research Center Moffett Field, California, February 24-25, 1977.)


1977d[The Philosophical Implications of Science Fiction For The Teaching of Anthropology. The University Journal [CSU, Chico], Number 9, Fall 1977, pages 16-20].


1976[John Thomas, Tongans, and Tonga! The Tonga Chronicle (July 15, 1976), Nuku'alofa, Tonga, Vol. 13, No. 7: 7.]


1975[Change in Rank and Status in the Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga.] Psychological Anthropology, edited by T. R. Williams (Mouton), pp. 559-575.


1973[Tongan Adoption Before The Constitution of 1875. Ethnohistory, Vol. 20, No. 2: 109-123.]


1972 [Tongan Social Structure: Data From An Ethnographic Reconstruction. For the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Toronto, Canada, December 2, 1972].


Finally, as a human being who happens to be an anthropologist I truly believe in the following words (translated from the French):


"The barbarous heathen are nothing more strange to us than we are to them.  Human reason is a tincture in like weight and measure infused into all our opinions and customs, what form soever they be, infinite in matter, infinite in diversity."  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592).


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