CSW Newsletter, No. 1, 2008


*      Website update

*      Conferences

*      New Collaborations

*      Ongoing activities

*      Recent ranch revelations

*      2008 Mayordoma de Uranguay


Website update

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 Memphis this March, and in the American Anthropological Association (AAA) meetings in San Francisco in November (click on our Research Program to review complete abstracts). The SfAA conference is an excellent setting to meet and interact with students and professionals from a wide array of applied social sciences. Particularly relevant this year will be the Malinowsky Award to Orlando Fals Borda. We provided a nomination letter on his behalf.


Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Memphis, March  25-29. We have organized the following session: (F-15) FRIDAY 8:00-9:50, Oxford

Understanding Bio and Cultural Diversity in the Andes:

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 Ancash, Peru

FEHR, Alexandra(U Florida) Doctors, Curanderos, and Herbs: Medical Choices Pertaining to Tuberculosis and Respiratory Infections in Rural Andean Communities

KALMAN, Rowenn B.(Michigan State U) Culture and Conservation: NGO Approaches to Collaboration

FOSTER, Andrew(U Chicago) Challenges for Traditional Andean Knowledge: Modern Discourses in the Schoolhouse

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 1:30-3:20, Beale

Struggles with Chronic Illness and Suffering (SMA)

CHAIR: MILES, Ann (Western Michigan U)

BROOKS, Benjamin Blakely (U Alabama) Chocake: A Cultural Model of Suffering Among Peruvian Andean Highlanders

 (F-61) FRIDAY 1:30-3:20, Heritage II

Experiences of Violence, Sites of Recovery: Understanding the Complexities of

Intimate Partner Violence, Part I-Intervention

CHAIR: WOZNIAK, Danielle F. (U Connecticut)

BESKE, Melissa A.(Tulane U) Mitigating Violence, Implementing Policy: Bringing IPV Laws to the People in Belize

(S-05) SATURDAY 8:00-9:50, St. Louis

New Paradigms of Obesity and Diabetes


MILLER, Heather A.(U Arizona) “Make Thin Friends”: Exploring the Obesity Contagion Concept

(S-62) SATURDAY 1:30-3:20, Heritage III

Innovative Strategies for Teaching Anthropology

CHAIR: MARTINEZ, Aja Y. (U Arizona)

BRAGG, Jared(U Nebraska-Lincoln) and WRIGHT, Arielle (U Western Ontario) Exploring an Undergraduate Field School Experience

(S-73) SATURDAY 1:30-3:20, Jackson

Identifying “Community” in Community-Based Tourism

CHAIRS: STEVENS, Melissa and CHERNELA, Janet (U Maryland)

ZANOTTI, Laura(U Washington) and CHERNELA, Janet (U Maryland) Conflicting Cultures of Nature: Tourism, Education, and Kayapó of the Brazilian Amazon

CHERNELA, Janet (U Maryland) and ZANOTTI, Laura (U Washington) A Community by Any Other Name: Limits to Knowledge in Social Impacts Assessment in Tourism


American Anthropological Association annual meetings in San Francisco, November 2008. Theme: “Inclusion, Collaboration & Engagement.” We are proposing a poster session with NAPA (National Association for the Practice of Anthropology). If you’ve never been to San Francisco or to the AAA meetings, this would be the perfect opportunity to do both. While somewhat overwhelming (there will probably be more than 7000 conference participants), diverse forums and topics will abound; and of course, San Francisco is a world unto itself.


New Collaborations

¯     We have been invited to join the University-Community Partnership for Social Action Research Network (UCP-SARnet) http://ucpsarnet.asu.edu, monitored from Arizona State University.


¯     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.


Ongoing Activities

¯     Biodiversity

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.


¯     Education

Ø      Escuela saludable

With the one-room schoolhouse of Cajamarquilla and the school of Tuyu, on the outskirts of Marcará, we are coordinating a students teach students ecology program. Tuyu’s pilot ecology program has successfully oriented students to issues of the proper management of garbage (what is and is not biodegradable), which has had an impact on the local environment, household practices and community values.


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.


¯     Ecology

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 of San Francisco this year. We are offering a special fiesta field school session from mid-September through the first week of October for those interested in communal organization, ritual, religion, Andean equinox, culture perseverance and change. La Casa de Pocha is already engaged in activities and mutual relationships to ensure that the fiesta obligations are properly fulfilled. Please let us know if you would like to join us to brew the chicha, practice with the dance troupe, tune up the band, invite the neighbors and sacrifice the guinea pigs. Also, with the only priest who offers mass at the tiny chapel of San Francisco in Uranguay (located in a clearing along the path above us), we are compiling a local history of the traditional celebration.



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