ECUADOR: THE AMAZON AND THE ANDES FIELD SCHOOL
December 29, 2003 - January 16, 2004
This program provides an interdisciplinary opportunity for undergraduates and graduate students to study the rich culture of the Andes and Amazon. A unique perspective is gained by living and working with indigenous communities. Members of these communities serve as co-teachers in the courses.
Santo Urcu Amazonian Quichua Community on the banks of the Napo River, a tributary of the Amazon. Here students are immersed in Quichua life. You will camp in virgin rainforest, listen to the singing of ayahuasca shamans, clear forest with machetes to plant manioc, and much more. Other destinations include Quito and Baños.
Our academic program prepares students for serious research on indigenous culture. It provides immersion in the Quichua language and practical training in contemporary field work methods. All students will enroll for three credits. Undergraduates may enroll in 300 or 400 level classes only.
FLA 494/590 Beginning Quichua (3)
FLA 494/590 Advanced Quichua (3)
FLA 494/590 Beginning Shuar (3)
REL 332 South American Indian Religious Traditions (3)
REL 494/598 Field Study of Amazonian Culture (3)
REL 494/598 The Amazonian World: Land and Cosmology (3)
REL 494/598 Moral Issues in Amazonian Conservation and Development (3)
Professor Tod Swanson is Director of ASU's Center for Latin American Studies. His specialty is Quichua religious history. He was raised in the Ecuadorian Amazon and is fluent in Spanish and Quichua. Dr. Michael Uzendoski, a Professor of Anthropology at Florida State University, is an expert in Amazonain Quichua culture and is fluent in the language. Quichua instructor: Luz María de la Torre Amaguaña, holds an MA Political Science and is a native speaker of Otavalan Quichua. She has taught Quichua at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Most recently she has served as an advisor to Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Relations Nina Pacari.
Triple occupancy, thatched roofs, bamboo walls, and verandas while in the indigenous communities. Hostels elsewhere. American-style meals alternate with opportunities to sample native cuisine.
This program is open to adventurous students and alumni from any university willing to be challenged by the differences of indigenous culture. To reserve a place in the program, submit a completed application form with the $350 ($50 non-refundable) application fee by October 31, 2003. Applications will be accepted after due date until all spaces are filled.
COST OF PROGRAM
The program fees & tuition are $1,838.00 for undergraduate students and $1,871.00 for graduate students.
All costs are subject to change and include: tuition and fees, ground transportation in Ecuador, access to Indian communities and forests, lodging, and three meals a day. Not included: airfare (approx. $775.00 with a group rate), passport, health insurance, and personal expenses.
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