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Shamans, Urban Folklore, and Alphabet Wars: Doing Fieldwork in Amazonian Ecuador

Date and Time

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Location

  • Kirkhof Center » RM 2266

Description

“Shamans, Urban Folklore, and Alphabet Wars: Doing Fieldwork in Amazonian Ecuador”

By Prof. Michael Wroblewski, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, GVSU

 

People often ask anthropologists working in Amazonia how they ended up there. I will trace my way from undergraduate research with shamans in a remote community of indigenous Shuar, famed headshrinkers of the Ecuadorian Amazon, to doctoral fieldwork among the Amazonian Kichwa, who are currently undergoing a controversial project of language and culture revitalization. My experiences in Amazonian Ecuador have led to a career of investigating what it means to be indigenous Amazonian in the contemporary Latin American era of multiculturalism and political activism. 

Contact

moretz@gvsu.edu

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