Join this brand-new adventure and travel aboard the luxurious Palace on Wheels, before attending the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland. Showcasing Naga dance, music, costumes, art, ethnic foods, and handicrafts, this expedition truly discovers a unique and local culture.
Dr. Shirley Campbell is a social anthropologist and Research Fellow at the Australian National University, with a special interest in the indigenous peoples of Australia, Melanesia, and the Pacific. More than three decades of academic research and university teaching have led to a sound knowledge and understanding of many cultures around the world and the theoretical foundations that human societies share. Growing up in California and exploring her suburban neighborhood, Shirley’s passion for understanding different cultures was sparked by discovering ancient artifacts from Native Americans long dispossessed of their lands. Now widely traveled, she has had firsthand experience of the ways in which communities form and develop distinct, yet interrelated cultures. Related to this has been research into the origins and dispersal of Austronesian-speaking peoples from Taiwan and their eventual colonization of the South Pacific, Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, and their only colonization of the southeast Asian mainland in Vietnam.
Living in England, Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the United States, Shirley developed fluency in Italian and the Vakutan language. She has led groups of Italian tourists around England, as well as American tourists throughout Western Europe; sailed in ocean-going outrigger canoes while living for almost two years with the indigenous people in the Trobriand Islands, a tiny coral atoll in Papua New Guinea; and lectured at prestigious Dartmouth College, New Hampshire and the Australian National University in Canberra. Shirley has specialized in studying the anthropology of art, convinced that understanding the way people represent their ideas through art and architecture provides valuable insights into our perceptions and relationships with the world around us. Her studies have led to degrees from Stephens College Missouri and the Australian National University. She has contributed several academic papers to peer-reviewed journals and books, and has written a book recounting her research and experiences in the Trobriand Islands titled ‘The Art of Kula’.
Shirley is passionate about mental and physical wellness, and is a senior instructor in the Australian fitness industry and a master yoga teacher. For relaxation and pleasure she enjoys studying the origins of yoga and its place within Indian society, music, quilting, and scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef.
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Shirley's Upcoming Expeditions
India by Rail with the Hornbill FestivalNovember 20 — December 4, 2017
Papua New Guinea: Cultural ConnectionsFebruary 17 — February 26, 2018
From spectacular lowland rainforests on the coastal plains to 15,000-foot-high peaks, Papua New Guinea is rightly called “the land of the unexpected.” Explore the fascinating culture and villages along the Karawari River, and the spectacular flora, fauna, and unique culture of the highlands from our lodge perched high on Mount Kuta.
Best of Micronesia: Rabaul to PalauFebruary 23 — March 12, 2018
Snorkel or dive nearly every day as you discover the western corner of Micronesia—this region boasts more than 1,300 species of fish. You'll also meet friendly locals, who will greet you with traditional dances; search for island endemics and a multitude of seabirds; and tour the island of Pohnpei.
Unexplored Australia: Kununurra, Bungle Bungle & Arnhem LandMay 8 — May 17, 2018
Australia’s last frontier is a wild land of remote, spectacular scenery spread over huge distances, with a severe climate, a sparse population, and minimal infrastructure. Traveling here is a true adventure as you view towering escarpments, undulating woodlands, and more.
Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the OutbackMay 15 — May 29, 2018
Your adventures in the remote and captivating Kimberley region of Western Australia are highlighted by unusual wildlife in Prince Regent Nature Reserve, the beauty of the Buccaneer Archipelago, and sublime desert-scapes.
Seychelles & Madagascar with Aldabra AtollOctober 20 — November 6, 2018
Expedition Leader, Michael Moore will be leading this journey through the Indian Ocean. Enjoy snorkeling and diving in the Seychelles; spend two full days exploring the Aldabra Atoll; and discover the unique flora and fauna of Madagascar.
Cultural Treasures of Northern Vietnam & LaosMarch 23 — April 7, 2019
With social anthropologist Shirley Campbell by your side, you'll enjoy this unique look at the people of Northern Vietnam and Laos. You'll meet with locals from Tai Dam and Tai Kao minority groups, and even join monks for their morning prayers in Luang Prabang.