Professor Emeritus Harold C. Conklin (born 1926) is an anthropologist who has conducted extensive ethnoecological and linguistic field research in Southeast Asia (particularly the Philippines) and is a pioneer of ethnoscience, documenting indigenous ways of understanding and knowing the world. Minnesota State University’s E-Museum describes his anthropological contribution as follows:
“Conklin was one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of ethnoscience .. He was a pioneer in doing research on the indigenous systems of tropical forests and terraced agriculture… Mindoro (the Hanunoo) and Luzon (the Ifugao) in the Philippines were his main field sites Through his research in the Philippines, Conklin is responsible for amassing one of the largest ethnographic collections from that area. His collection is at Yale, where he was curator from 1974 until 1996, when he retired.”
Some of Harold Conklin’s publications include:
- (1955a) “Hanunóo Color Categories” Southwestern Journal of Anthropology, Vol. 11, No. 4. pg. 339-344
- (1955b) The Relationship of Hanunoo Agriculture to the Plant World
- (1956) “Tagalog Speech Disguise” Language, Vol. 32, No. 1. pg. 136-139.
- (1957) The Relation of Hanunoo Agriculture
- (1959a) “Facts and Comments. Ecological Interpretations and Plant Domestication” American Antiquity, Vol. 25, No. 2. pg. 260-262
- (1959b) “Linguistic Play in Its Cultural Context” Language, Vol. 35, No. 4. pg. 631-636.
- (1963) The Study of Shifting Cultivation. Washington: Technical Publications
- (1967) An Ethnoecological Approach to Shifting Agriculture
- (1980) Ethnographic Atlas of Ifugao: A Study of Environment, Culture, and Society in northern Luzon
- (1986) “Symbolism and Beyond. Hanunóo Color Categories” Journal of Anthropological Research, Vol. 42, No. 3, pg. 441-446.