If you are a newcomer to this blog, or a former fan, you may have wondered what happened to all the posts from the field. Why are there big gaps?
I began blogging in 2008 while participating in the Andean Worlds Seminar in Peru, and those posts are found at the very bottom, since posts are in reverse-chronological order.
I returned to Peru and Bolivia for an intensive field stay in 2009. I was also hard at work in Andean cities and countryside in 2010, 2011, 2016 and 2018. During these years I have made sure to bring collaborating educators and indigenous community leaders north whenever possible – to facilitate first hand exchanges.
As predicted at the very beginning of the blog, my perspectives and relationships to people in the field changed radically in the course of the passing years. So did my ability to catalog all that was happening in real time; in 2016 when I stayed for three full months, I did quite a bit of posting on facebook rather than on this blog. Maintenance of the blog has always been secondary to carrying out the real work, cultivating vital relationships and making the language and culture accessible as broadly as possible.
My awareness of intellectual property rights and the privacy needs of rural speech communities has increased over time, and at some point, much of the blog content may simply disappear, or be transformed for alternative modes of distribution. Please feel free to peruse the rest of this site to find the content that is shareable and most up to date.