inSTiLl: Service through Teaching & Learning

fajina-logo-colorinSTiLl: Service through Teaching & Learning is a component of Fajina Archaeology Outreach that extends into higher education classrooms in the US (and hopefully in Belize soon). inSTiLl seeks to provide service learning opportunities for university students to carry out their own fajina, their own service, and their own community engagement. Ultimately, we hope to inspire students to develop a commitment to fajina in their life and to instill a passion for service.

inSTiLl Projects

2017 UTA Art Healing Activities, in partnership with the Touch A Life Care Center in Ghana
In progress in University of Texas at Arlington Traditions of Nonwestern Art course

2017 TCU Archaeology of Food Activities, in partnership with the 3rd Annual Succotz Archaeology and Cultural Fair
In progress in Texas Christian University Introduction to Archaeology course

2016 UTSA Anthropology Classroom Activities, in partnership with the Legacy Outreach Program
In group-based projects, students in UTSA Introduction to Anthropology courses applied the concepts and skills they learned to create activities for primary and secondary school teachers. Students created hands-on and active learning activities that teachers can implement at low cost and to increase the exposure to anthropology for their students. Activities concentrate within the subfields of anthropology including biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, and anthropological linguistics. The activities will be available for free and open access through the Legacy outreach program with the UTSA Center for Archaeological Research. We hope that they are useful and effective.

2014-2015 NVC Research Projects on the Huebner-Onion Homestead and Stagecoach Stop, in partnership with the Leon Valley Historical Society
In individual research projects, students in Northwest Vista College Introduction to Archaeology courses applied archaeological data collection and analysis skills to offer new insights about the Huebner-Onion Homestead in Leon Valley, Texas. The research projects covered a wide range of topics regarding the Huebner-Onion Homestead and related archaeological/historical sites. Students analyzed artifacts collections curated by the Leon Valley Historical Society, collected and analyzed animal remains from the surrounding natural area, documented stratigraphic formation and disturbance in the nearby creek, and documented the Joseph Huebner gravesite and marker. The results of these projects were published as reports and provided to the Leon Valley Historical Society as a continuation of their efforts to revitalize and investigate the homestead.