CSW Newsletter, No. 1, 2008
Recent ranch revelations
2008 Mayordoma de Uranguay
We are in the process of updating our webpage for 2008. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check the History section under University Field School to gain a sense of Line Kampe and Catherine Patrick’s research expedition to the high native potato fields and llama herds in the Quebrada Honda, just below the glaciers. They spent the night in an ancestral cave shelter, guided by local comuneros Julio Evaristo and Fausta Colonia. Please send us any photos or essays you would like to post.
We will be participating in the Society for Applied Anthropology
(SfAA) conference in
for Applied Anthropology meetings in
Bio and Cultural Diversity in the
The Potential for Traditional Knowledge to Shape Local and Global Policy
CHAIR: HAMMER, Patricia J. (Ctr for Social Well Being)
BOND, Megan M.(Ctr for
Social Well Being) Mi Sierra: Lessons in Traditional Andean Nutritional Knowledge
and Biodiversity in
KALMAN, Rowenn B.(
PARISANO, Christopher (Ctr for Social Well Being) Naming the Self: State Educational Curriculum and Regional Identity in the Callejon de Huaylas
HICKS, Heather(Ctr for Social Well Being) The Role and Beliefs of a Missionary Catholic Priest in a Rural Andean Quechua Community
The following sessions highlight contributions from CSW alumni:
(W-66) WEDNESDAY , Beale
Struggles with Chronic Illness and Suffering (SMA)
CHAIR: MILES, Ann (
BROOKS, Benjamin Blakely (U
(F-61) FRIDAY , Heritage II
Experiences of Violence, Sites of Recovery: Understanding the Complexities of
Intimate Partner Violence, Part I-Intervention
CHAIR: WOZNIAK, Danielle F.
BESKE, Melissa A.(Tulane U) Mitigating
Violence, Implementing Policy: Bringing IPV Laws to the People in
(S-05) SATURDAY ,
New Paradigms of Obesity and Diabetes
CHAIR: SZKUPINSKI QUIROGA,
MILLER, Heather A.(U
(S-62) SATURDAY , Heritage III
Innovative Strategies for Teaching Anthropology
Nebraska-Lincoln) and WRIGHT,
(S-73) SATURDAY ,
Identifying “Community” in Community-Based Tourism
CHAIRS: STEVENS, Melissa and
CHERNELA, Janet (U
CHERNELA, Janet (U
Anthropological Association annual meetings in
have been invited to join the University-Community
Partnership for Social Action Research Network (UCP-SARnet) http://ucpsarnet.asu.edu, monitored from
¯ Our longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Ron Carter, physician and specialist in natural remedies for menopause and other female reproductive changes has invited our collaboration with his research and development program to identify and promote the propagation of Andean herbs and nutritional crops that influence or alleviate the effects of hormonal imbalances. If interested, see his website: www.perubiopharma.org.
Ø High mountain agrobiodiversity
With the communities that many of our students have visited, we are continuing to support, and in some cases reintroduce, high altitude crops. We are initiating a program of intercambio de las quebradas, coordinating meetings to share traditional knowledge, practices and experiences among comuneros in the Quebrada Honda (Copa y Vicos), Quebrada Ulta (Catay) and Shonquil (Pariacaca y Hualcan).
Ø Medicinal plants
Continuing our work with herbalists, Francisco Chauca, Aurelio Cadillo, Juana Poqoy and others, we are renewing efforts to encourage communities to value and protect native medicinal plants, particularly those in delicate environments and at extreme altitudes. This focus includes the support of biohuertas for the domestication ex-situ of plants with therapeutic components.
Ø Escuela saludable
With the one-room schoolhouse
of Cajamarquilla and the
Ø Training bilingual educators
All of our Quechua teachers are members of the Quechua Academy of Ancash and professors in the Bilingual Intercultural Education Program. At their request, we provide training and materials for the teaching of Quechua language and culture at primary, secondary and university levels. Currently, we are coordinating with several of the foremost Quechua linguists (of Huaylas and Junín Quechua) to aid in designing concentrated workshops for developing teaching skills and regionally appropriate materials.
Ø Appropriate practices
We frequently receive visits from communities and district committees interested in organic farming and gardening, alternative energy and ecological sewage systems. Pocha continues to supervise the implementation of the organic sewer system of the community of Copa Grande, in coordination with the Health Center of Marcará.
Recent Ranch Revelations
All are busy and constructive on the ranch. Pocha is building herself a new house of adobe and wood with the neighboring craftsman. To date we’ve planted around 2000 native trees, in addition to a fruit orchard from which we are harvesting rocoto, tomatillo (tree tomato – filled with vitamin C), and are still awaiting the chirimoyas, avocados, lucumas, and citrus to mature. Two calves were born in January, one on Pocha’s birthday, so we have plenty of milk that we are sharing with neighbors and making butter, cheese and yogurt.
2008 Mayordoma de Uranguay
The major fiesta of Carhuaz commences in September
in honor of “Mama Mechi” (Nuestra Virgen de las
Mercedes), a Europeanized version of Pachamama.
This initiates a period of celebrations in the surrounding hillsides. Pocha has been selected by the comuneros of Uranguay (our
sector of Cajamarquilla) to be the Mayordoma of the fiesta