UC Davis Summer Abroad

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Status: Planned for 2018

Environmental Justice in Indigenous Ecuador

Quito and the Amazon Basin, Ecuador

Arrive Date: July 1, 2018   End Date: July 31, 2018

Program Overview

This program examines the historical development and current situation of the rural indigenous communities of the Andes and the Amazon of Ecuador with special attention to issues of environmental and social justice, and human rights. Through lectures, seminar discussions and fieldwork, the program underscores the impact that economic and political factors have on the process of indigenous communities’ cultural adaptation and their basic human rights. The program emphasizes three indigenous people and regions of Ecuador that are threatened by mineral and oil extraction: the Northwestern cloud forest of Mindo and Intag Valley; the Andean Kichwa and Karanki communities of Otavalo and San Clemente; and the Huaorani people of the Shiripuno river in the Yasuní bio-reserve and the Kichwa autonomous territory of Sarayaku on the Bobonaza river. Students will develop individual research/creative projects and will have the opportunity to interact with indigenous Andean and Amazonian people with whom they will exchange and share knowledge, creativity, and intercultural experience.

Instructor:  Stefano Varese

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  22

Program CoordinatorErin Schlemmer

Student Video Project and Info Session Presentation

Student video project, by Brooke E. Gemmell

  
Courses

Native American Studies (NAS) 120. Ethnopolitics of South American Indians (4 units)

Native American Studies (NAS) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)

Graduate Course Options

Native American Studies (NAS) 202. Advanced Topics in Native American Studies (4 units)

Native American Studies (NAS) 298. Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP grading only)

Program Highlights
  • Experience the beauty of this biologically and culturally diverse country of rain forests, rivers, snow covered mountains and volcanoes.
  • Meet indigenous Amazonians and learn about their historical development and current situation.
  • Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with multiple indigenous groups and see parts of Ecuador that are not available to traditional tourists. 
  • A great program for many majors as you can do a creative project of your choice!
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