Cathryn Townsend
Anthropologist, Baylor University

Cathryn Townsend is an anthropology research fellow at Baylor University. She lives in Waco, Texas.

Written by Cathryn Townsend

Members of the Ik (Uganda) mime a ritual raid-and-escape dance, an element of which is to teach the importance of tending to the injured and vulnerable. All photos courtesy the author

Neither nasty nor brutish

The Ik – among the poorest people on Earth – have been cast as exemplars of human selfishness. The truth is much more startling

Cathryn Townsend