This course is led by UBC faculty members Dr.Peter Cole and Dr. Pat O'Riley
This six (6) credit Peru Global Seminar: Ecology, Technology & Indigeneity in the High Amazon offers an intensive three-week program of study consisting of two integrated courses:
• EDCP 467A: Ecology, Technology, and Indigeneity in the High Amazon
• EDCP 467B: Indigenous Ecoliteracies and Ecopedagogies in the High Amazon
In addition to course readings, seminars and writing assignments, field trips, and guest lectures,
you will learn from Kichwa-Lamista educators and community members about Indigenous cultural practices and ecotechnologies such as:
- medicinal plants and foods
- sustainable traditional agricultural practices
- building and architecture
- ritual and ceremony
Through this holistic intercultural/international program of study, you will engage mind, body, heart, and spirit as you experience worldviews, knowings and community practices that value things outside global capital and geopolitical systems.
You will reciprocate by doing hands-on service work in the Kichwa-Lamista communities of Shukshuyaku and Alto Pucalpilla, as well as at the Sachamama Center for BioCultural Regeneration as part of the coursework. It is hoped that the relationships formed with the Kichwa-Lamista will be sustained beyond the duration of the program toward Global North/Global South networking and solidarity building.
You must decide on your final project by the beginning of Week 2. Projects can be done on any topic of interest that has been covered in the course. The final projects will be presented during the morning and afternoon of the last day of the course to give adequate time for discussion and feedback on each project.