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National Park Service anthropologists harness the power of research and communication to connect cultural communities with places essential to their identity.

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Program Description

Since 1981, the NPS has developed a diverse network of practicing cultural anthropologists in parks, regional offices and a national program office in Washington DC. These anthropologists apply new knowledge and current anthropological methods to connect parks and people.

Together with its parent organization the NPS Tribal Relations and American Cultures (TRAC) Program, and co-workers in the Park NAGPRA ProgramTribal Historic Preservation Program, and the CR Office of Interpretation and Education, these Anthropology programs ensure living people – linked to parks by deep historical or cultural attachments – have a voice in agency decision-making.

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