1st Summer Session: June 8 - 30, 2003
2nd Summer Session:
July 2 - 24, 2003
This program provides an interdisciplinary opportunity
to study Quichua language and religious life, tropical plant biology, and/or
Spanish while experiencing the rich culture of the Andes and Amazon. A
unique perspective is gained by living and working with indigenous
Members of these communities serve as co-teachers in the
Santo Urcu Amazonian Quichua Community on the banks
of the Napo River, a tributary of the Amazon. Here students are immersed
in Quichua life.
You will camp in virgin rainforest, listen to the singing of
ayahuasca shamans, clear forest with machetes to plant manioc, and much
Other Andean destinations include Quito, Papallacta, Banos, Salasaca,
and the Cayambe/Otavalo region.
- Session 1,
June 8-30, 2003:
QUITO (June 8-9) - Visit the colonial city founded in
1534 to understand the Spanish conquest through indigenous eyes.
PAPALLACTA (June 10) - Soak in volcanic hot springs under towering
CANOA YACU AMAZONIAN QUICHUA COMMUNITY (June 10-26) - Live in
an indigenous Quichua community on the banks of the Napo River, a tributary of
the Amazon. Here students are immersed in Quichua life. You will camp
virgin rainforest, listen to the singing of ayahuasca shamans, clear forest with
machetes to plant manioc, and much more.
BANOS (June 26-27) - Ride
horseback on the slopes of Mt. Tunguragua.
- Session 2, July 2-24, 2003:
QUITO (July 2-3) - Visit the colonial city founded in 1534 to understand
the Spanish conquest through indigenous eyes.
PAPALLACTA (July 4) - Soak
in volcanic hot springs under towering mountains.
SANTO URCU AMAZONIAN
QUICHUA COMMUNITY (July 4-19) - Live in an indigenous Quichua community on the
banks of the Napo River, a tributary of the Amazon. Here students are immersed
in Quichua life. You will camp
in virgin rainforest, listen to the singing of
ayahuasca shamans, clear forest with machetes to plant manioc, and much more.
BANOS (July 20-21) - Ride horseback on the slopes of
SALASACA ANDEAN QUICHUA COMMUNITY (July 22-23) - Observe a Salasaca
medicine ceremony. Hike to a "huaca" (sacred site). Study the iconography of
Salasaca weaving. Visit a Quichua school where volunteer teachers use quipuus to
teach math to children.
All students enroll for seven
credits each session including four in the Quichua or Spanish language and three
from any of the other courses listed below. The Quichua graduate program
prepares students for serious research on indigenous culture. It provides
immersion in the Quichua language and practical training in contemporary field
work methods. Undergraduates may enroll in 300 or 400 level classes
Students taking the biology course "Tropical Plant Biology" will learn
to recognize major families and genera of the Amazonian region by collecting,
imaging, and identifying plant specimens as part of a plant diversity inventory
of the Canoa Yacu Reserve. Quichua shamans work with the class to compare
biological classification with Amazonian ethnobotanical
Session 1: June 8-30, 2003
FLA 494/590: ST/RC: Beginning
FLA 494/590: Advanced Quichua (4)
SPA 101: Elementary Spanish
SPA 201: Intermediate Spanish (4)
REL 332: South American Indian
Religious Traditions (3)* ASB/REL
494/591: ST: Field Study of
Andean/Amazonian Cultures I
PLB 498/598: Tropical Plant Biology
Session 2: July 2-24, 2003
FLA 494/590: ST/RC: Beginning Quichua
FLA 494/590: ST/RC: Intermediate Quichua (4)
FLA 494/590: ST/RC:
Advanced Quichua (4)
SPA 102: Elementary Spanish (4)
Intermediate Spanish (4)
REL 305: Myth, Ritual, and Symbol: Amazon and Andes
494/591: ST: Field Study Andean/Amazonian Cultures II (3)
494/591: ST: Teaching Indigenous Culture (3)
General Studies requirements in: Humanities and Global.
General Studies requirements in: Literacy and
This program is approved by the U.S.
Department of Education for Graduate Summer FLAS Fellowships. To qualify,
FLAS Fellows must enroll in both sessions. Four $1,000 Teacher Fellowships
are also available for K-12 and community college teachers. Teacher
Fellowship applications are available on the program website. The deadline
for these is 03/07/03.
Professor Tod Swanson is Director of
ASUs Center for Latin American Studies. His specialty is Quichua religious
history. He was raised in the Ecuadorian Amazon and is fluent in Spanish
and Quichua. Dr. Leslie Landrum, Professor of Plant Biology, is a
specialist in tropical plant classification. Quichua instructors: Martina
Masaquiza Chango de Moss, M.A., (Salasacan Quichua) and Luz Maria de la Torre
Amaguana, M.A., (Otavalan Quichua).
occupancy, thatched roofs, bamboo walls, and verandas while in the indigenous
communities. Hostels elsewhere. American-style meals alternate with
opportunities to sample native cuisine.
This program is
open to adventurous students and alumni from any university willing to be
challenged by the differences of indigenous culture. To reserve a place in
the program, submit a completed application form with the $350 ($50
non-refundable) application fee by April 5, 2003. Applications will be
accepted after due date until all spaces are filled.
The cost of one session is $2,150.00 or $4,248.00 for both sessions
(subject to change) includes tuition and fees, ground transportation in Ecuador,
access to Indian communities and forests, lodging, and three meals a day.
Not included: airfare (approx. $775.00 with a group rate),
insurance, and personal expenses.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND APPLICATION
Professor Tod Swanson
Center for Latin American
Arizona State University
PO Box 872401
Phone: (480) 965-5127
Fax: (480) 965-6679