Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization
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Examine traditional and contemporary societies in Peru, home to one of the largest indigenous populations in the Americas.
This program explores the ways in which Peru has been shaped by complex historical legacies, a multiethnic population, and profound social and economic disparities between its different ethnic groups.
Topics for study include:
- Rights, advocacy, and policy
- Community development
- The arts, including pre-Columbian artistic expression
- Impact of international corporations
Acquire a deeper understanding of the lives, cultures, and challenges of indigenous peoples. By examining the Quechua, native Amazon, and mestizos experiences in the Peruvian context, students learn about the issues facing indigenous peoples in relation to identity politics and globalization.
Students meet with local leaders, indigenous oralists, artisans, laborers, farmers, historians, linguists, policymakers, scholars, and educators.
Study Spanish and Quechua in the historic city of Cusco.
The program is based in Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. In Cusco, students improve their Spanish and also begin learning basic Quechua, an indigenous language of the Andean region. Once the official language of the Inca Empire, Quechua today is spoken in Peru by nearly one million people and provides a key transnational link to the region's indigenous communities.
Experience the loss, resilience, and revitalization of the historical memory and legacy of Peru's indigenous people. Students discuss the factors directly impacting the opportunities and challenges facing indigenous communities in Peru today.
Homestays and Excursions
- Homestays with local families in urban and rural communities allow students to explore Peruvian identity from different standpoints.
- The program also spends time outside Cusco in Andean and Amazonian Peru. Learn more about the program’s excursions.
Learn how recent mobilization efforts by indigenous Amazonian communities are shifting Peruvian national politics as reported by SIT program alum Anne Strother (Oberlin College) in PBS’ Online NewsHour. Peru Land Dispute Mobilizes Indigenous Efforts
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Cuzco
Language Study: Quechua, Spanish
Prerequisites: 4 semesters Spanish Read more...
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