Creating Quechua teaching materials

Traditional weaving sampler from Tarabuco

A new/old way to illustrate a story

We’ve got some books up our sleeves! Children’s books, in fact. And we’re hoping to put them in the original storytellers’ hands soon, having gleaned excellent content from our latest interviews with children and adults in Chuquisaca. For a peek inside, imagine a story in which an incredibly curious fox gets outsmarted by a lowly partridge. Now imagine the story told in a complex weaving, made by the same person who told it to us! Imagine that the weaving has been purchased by the K’acha Willaykuna project at the Ohio State University, to become part of their beautiful hands-on and digital teaching collection! I can’t say more about the story yet. Stay tuned for publication information soon!

Land acknowledgment

Although a website appears to be landless, the people who make it are not. I acknowledge that I have lived most of my life in Massachusetts, an Algonquian name meaning ‘At the foot of the Great Hills’. The Massachusetts, Scaticook and Mohican Indians have endured violence and disrespect continuously since the arrival of my European…

Where are posts from the field?

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…

Welcome to the field

I’ve been putting off writing this next blog post… where to start? When entering a community to conduct field research there is a need to establish trust and common ground – two elements that are hard to maintain in a post for a broad audience. It’s tempting to present the community only in the light…

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