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Academics

All students take 2 classes for (6 credits):

 

 

Morning

 

ANTH 1713: Health and Nutrition of the Kichwa People

 

The June Session is designed to give you cross cultural skills you can use anywhere, but especially in the Health field.   

1. Learn skills for interviewing patients in a cross-cultural setting.

2. Gain a comparative understanding of a very different  national health care model. 

3. Learn to understand basic concepts of indigenous thinking on causes of disease and illness.

4. Learn some key principles of alternative medicine.

5. Learn how indigenous and western medicine are being integrated in the Ecuadorian healthcare system.

6. Learn skills for helping patients and medical professionals make decisions when cultures clash.

Afternoon

 

ANTH 1548 Amazonian Arts: Making and Meaning

 

1. A chance to work with some of the most traditional and skilled indigenous ceramic artists in the Americas to make pottery in Amazonian style.

2. Satisfies Foreign Culture Regional and Non-western requirement  and  2nd level course in Literature, Arts, or Creative Expression for Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

3. Learn to think comparatively about beauty. 

4. Learn to understand how indigenous American theories of art and design differ from those of Europe and Asia.

5. Learn how native cultures of the Americas use art as a way of seeing nature and connecting with it emotionally.

6. No previous experience with art or skill level is required.

The class frequently goes out into the forest with native artists to study designs and gather materials. While working with these remarkable women you will also learn a great deal about native Amazonian, religion, music, and storytelling.  

Instructor:  Tod D. Swanson. 

View from the Hotel Real Audiencia of the historic Santo Domingo Church built in 1540.

 

Cost

 

Cost (2018) : In-State; $4,900; Out-of-State: $5,100 (Includes lodging, 3 meals per day 6 credits of tuition in country travel and excursions). 

 

June 2020 Itinerary (tentative)

 

Saturday  May 30

11:30 PM Arrive in Quito Shuttle to Real Audiencia

 

Sunday, May 31

8:00 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM Tour colonial Quito (founded 1535)

12:00 Lunch At Hotel Real Audiencia

1:PM  Bus to Andes and Amazon Field School

2:30  PM  Bathe in volcanic hot springs

6:30 PM Arrive at the Andes and Amazon Field School

7:00 PM Dinner

Monday, June 1    

8:00 Breakfast  

9-12  Swanson, Introduction to Ecuador's history and Environment.  Plenary Lecture in thatched dining room.

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Hike up the Canoa Yaku

7:00 Dinner

 

Tuesday,  June 2    
8:00 Breakfast
 9-12 Amazonian Health and Nutrition
1:00 Lunch
 2-5  –  Amazonian Arts Making and Meaning 
Introduction to Amazonian Arts class.    Dig clay in the forest.  Observe a traditional Quichua potters prayer to the Mother of Clay.  
7:00 Dinner
 

2-5  –    Health class

 

7:00 Dinner

 

Wednesday  June 3

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Visit to the Tena Hospital

“Quichua understanding of the (shared) body: Implications for Illness and Healing.”    Swanson, Plenary Lecture in thatched dining room.

1:00 Lunch

2-5   Amazonian Arts Making and Meaning

Readings:  Swanson and Reddekop, "Looking Like the Land: Beauty and Aesthetics in Amazonian Quichua Philosophy and Practice."  Journal of the American Academy of Religion, September 2017.

Parkes, Graham

2011  "Japanese Aesthetics", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2011 Edition), Edward 

7:00 Dinner

 

Thursday,  June 4 

 

8:00 Breakfast

 

9-12 Amazonian Arts: Making and Meaning  Students begin working on forming vessels: mucawa and tinaja.  Whitten 1998, Canelos Quichua People, pp. 14-29.

Due: Journal on first week observations with comments on readings.   make traditional Amazonian ceramic bowls. 

 

1:00 Lunch 2-5   “Quichua Shamanism: Implications for Community Health.”   Plenary Lecture in thatched dining room.

 

7:00  Dinner

 

Friday June 5  

 

9 AM  Interview with Delicia and Eulodia Dagua on wanduk and ayawaska halucinogenic medicines. Students analyze interview in small groups. 

1:00 Lunch

Afternoon free for travel or study

Saturday June 6   Free Day.  No Class.

Sunday June 7     Free Day.  No class.

Monday June 8

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Visit to the Tena Hospital

 

1:00 Lunch

 

2-5   Lecture on Quichua Aesthetics

 

Readings:  Swanson and Reddekop, "Looking Like the Land: Beauty and Aesthetics in Amazonian Quichua Philosophy and Practice."  Journal of the American Academy of Religion, September 2017.

Parkes, Graham

2011  "Japanese Aesthetics", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2011 Edition), Edward 

7:00 Dinner

8:00-10:00 Visit to shaman

 

Tuesday June 9

8:00 Breakfast

 

9-12  Hike in the forest with potters to look at patterns and hear stories.

 

1:00 Lunch

 

2-5 Amazonian Arts: Making and Meaning 

 Continue forming vessels.   Make brushes so that students can paint when they have time on Wednesday and Thursday.  Minar and Crown 2001, Learning and Craft Production: An Introduction

 

7:00 Dinner  

Wednesday, June 10    

8:00 Breakfast  

9-12 Dr. William Waters,   Plenary Lecture in thatched dining room.

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Dr. William Waters,  Plenary Lecture in thatched dining room.

 

7:00 Dinner   

Thursday,  June 11    

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class  Dr. William Waters,  Plenary Lecture in thatched dining room.

 

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Dr. William Waters,  Plenary Lecture in thatched dining room. 

7:00 Dinner

Friday,  June 12   

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Amazonian Arts Making and Meaning

Swanson, Lecture and short videos on the meaning of designs painted on ceramic vessels.  Finish painting, Firing
Due: Journal on second week observations with comments on readings. 
 

1:00 Lunch

Afternoon: Free for travel or study

7:00 Dinner

 

Saturday June 13  Free Day.  No Class.

Sunday June 14   Free Day.  No Class.

Monday June 15

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class   Visit to Chonta Punta

1:00 Lunch

2-5  All day trip to Chonta Punta Quichua indigenous community with government public health team.

7:00 Dinner

 

Tuesday June 16

8:00 Breakfast

 

9-12  Work with Quichua women in traditional manioc gardens to study sources of local diet.

 

1:00 Lunch

 

2-5   Forming second set of vessels; Plan questions for Native potter interviews.

Bowser and Patton 2008, Women’s Life Histories and Communities of Practice in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

 

7:00 Dinner

Wednesday, June  17   

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Make chicha and traditional foods.

2-5  Amazonian Arts: Making and Meaning 

Forming, polishing;   Interview life histories of the Quichua artists.

7:00  Dinner

Thursday,  June 18    

8:00 Breakfast  

9-12  Medical Pluralism and Culturally Appropriate Care .  Lecture in thatched dining room.

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Arts: Making and Meaning   

Swanson, Lecture and videos  on Amazonian Quichua face paint design.  Paint faces of students.

7:00 Dinner

Friday,  June 19  

8:00 Breakfast . Eulodia Dagua, Delicia Dagua

9-12   Eulodia Dagua, Delicia Dagua, and Carmen on pregnanacy and traditional care of children.

1:00 Lunch

 

2-5  Free Afternoon

 

7:00 Dinner

 

Saturday June 20   Free Day.  No Class.

Sunday June 21   Free Day.  No Class.

Monday June 22

8:00 Breakfast

9-12   All day trip to Amopakin-Quichua midwives co-operative.

1:00 Lunch

2-5  

7:00 Dinner

 

Tuesday June 23

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Students interview Amazonian Quichua families in their homes on questions of health.

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Arts: Making and Meaning 

 Discussion of interview results. Final Essay assigned. 

7:00 Dinner

 

Wednesday, June  24 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12 In class processing of Health interviews.

 

1:00 Lunch

 

2-5  Amazonian Arts: Making and Meaning 

Oral exam on student vessels and designs.

7:00 Dinner

 

 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12 

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Arts: Making and Meaning 

Course discussion and evaluation. 

7:00 Dinner

 

Thursday  June 25 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12 

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Arts: Making and Meaning 

Course discussion and evaluation. 

7:00 Dinner

Friday June 26

Course wind up

 

8-10 Quichua Dance and Despedida

Saturday June 27    Travel to the airport.

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