Your mission, said the leader of the class,
is to investigate without surprise.
Observe the people, solo and en masse,
but do it from the depth of quiet eyes.
Acquaint yourself with the technology,
the politics, the ethics and the art.
Collect the threads of the mythology
and find out what beguiles mind and heart.

I send you to perceive and analyze
(I’ll hold your bias and apology).
Now fetch me information; make me wise;
but don’t forget that anthropology
is snapshot-thin or else too broad to view –
The more you measure us, the less is true.

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