Dr. Wroblewski: Anthropological Book Talk

Thursday, February 25, 2021
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Hi there!

This coming Thursday, we are having a guest at our meeting- Dr. Wroblewski! Dr. Wroblewski's new book "Remaking Kichwa: Language and Indigenous Pluralism in Amazonian Ecuador" is being released 2/25/21. We will be meeting at 6pm to discuss the process behind his research as well as his findings.

Please consider joining us for this fun, interactive event! If you are planning to attend, please email calvachc@mail.gvsu.edu to RSVP and receive a debrief.


Investigating the efforts of the Kichwa of Tena, Ecuador to reverse language shift to Spanish, this book examines the ways in which indigenous language can be revitalized and how creative bilingual forms of discourse can reshape the identities and futures of local populations. Based on deep ethnographic fieldwork among urban, periurban, and rural indigenous Kichwa communities, Michael Wroblewski explores adaptations to culture contact, language revitalization, and political mobilization through discourse.

Expanding the ethnographic picture of native Amazonians and their traditional discourse practices, this book focuses attention on Kichwas' diverse engagements with rural and urban ways of living, local and global ways of speaking, and indigenous and dominant intellectual traditions. Wroblewski reveals the composite nature of indigenous words and worlds through conversational interviews, oral history narratives, political speechmaking, and urban performance media, showing how discourse is a critical focal point for studying cultural adaptation. Highlighting how Kichwas assert autonomy through creative forms of self-representation, Remaking Kichwa moves the study of indigenous language into the globalized era and offers innovative reconsiderations of indigeneity, discourse, and identity.

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The GVSU Anthropology Club promotes the discipline of anthropology across the GVSU community. Our members share a passion for the study of humanity in its biological, archaeological, cultural, and linguistic facets. We host events to bring awareness of anthropology to the GVSU campus and the local community, as well as movie nights, study sessions, volunteering, and zoom informational nights.

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