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Gary Seaman

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-1906
Office: GFS 124


Biographical Sketch

Gary Seaman born in Sulfur River Bottom, in rural Red River County Texas, at the time of the critical battle of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.


Ph.D. Anthropology, Cornell University, 1/1974
B.A. Germanic Languages, Economics, Linguistics, Asian Studies Center Certificate, University of Texas, Austin, 6/1965

Description of Research

Research Keywords

Taiwan, China, Ethnographic Film, Ethnography, Hypermedia in Ethnography, Ritual

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, Fellow



Seaman, Gary (Ed.). (2007). The Tiv: A Study Guide by Paul Bohannan.
Seaman, G. (2007). Chamanisme en Asie centrale et en Amérique. Paris: Editions Du Rocher..
Seaman, G. (1995). The Literati Tradition in Chinese Religion. (Seaman, Gary, Ed.).
Seaman, G. (1994). Chinese Mulian Plays: Resources for Studies of Ritual and Performance.
Seaman, G. (1993). Chinese Religions: An annotated bibliography.

Book Chapter

Seaman, G. (1996). The Fengshen Yanyi Enfeoffment of the Gods:Introduction and translation of Chapters 12-14. Honolulu:University of Hawaii Press..


Seaman, G. 1997. Yanomamo Interactive: The Ax Fight. Coauthored by Peter Biella and Napoleon Chagnon. Published by Harcourt, Brace, Ft. Worth. Computer interactive analysis, contextualization and nonlinear presentation of a well-known ethnographic film.
Seaman, G. 1997. The Chinese Religious Traditions Collated .
Seaman, G. 1996. The Buddhist Tradition in Chinese Religion.

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

video, Marriage, Maoism and Modernity: Marriage Exchange in a North China Village , 2008-2011  
Video, The Heavenly Court in Song Family Village: Gender, Hierarchy and Religious Power in a North China Village , 2007-2008   
dvd, Song Family Village Takes a Bride: Wedding Customs in a North China Village. , 2007-2010  
video, The Secret of the Stone: Segmentary Lineage Organization in a North China Village , 2006-2007   
cd-rom, Ethnographic Works on the Tiv of Nigeria , Fall 2004   

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Chair, 08/16/2012-08/15/2015  


Member, Jane Goodall Research Center/Archives, 09/01/1992-  
Co-Chair, Center for Visual Anthropology, 1981-  
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