“Of Priests and Pelicans: Religion in Northern Peru” by Kennedi Bloomquist

Of Priests and Pelicans I am standing in the far corner of the Plaza des Armas, excitement racing through my chest. Along the roads surrounding the plaza are long brilliant murals made of colorful flower petals lined with young school girls in bright red jumpsuits, their eyes following my every movement. A cool breeze whips … Continue reading “Of Priests and Pelicans: Religion in Northern Peru” by Kennedi Bloomquist

“The Therapy Groupie, Tough Guy, and the Doormat: A Study of Resilience in Post-Flood Peru” by Madeline Holland

"Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of existence is to thrive." -Jamais Cascio   Introduction In the past half of a century, the number of natural disasters and people affected by them have increased substantially. From 1967 to 1991 approximately 117 million people were affected … Continue reading “The Therapy Groupie, Tough Guy, and the Doormat: A Study of Resilience in Post-Flood Peru” by Madeline Holland

“Life After Disaster: A Visual Ethnography of Life, Family and Homes After Flooding in Peru” by Alycia Beckstrand

Life After Disaster I am walking down a dusty dirt road. The only things that distinguish the road from the surrounding landscape are the tire tracks and the presence of fewer rocks than the surrounding area. The place I am in has been severely devastated by flooding from an El Niño event 2 months ago. … Continue reading “Life After Disaster: A Visual Ethnography of Life, Family and Homes After Flooding in Peru” by Alycia Beckstrand

“When the Waters Came: A Study of Differences of Wealth in a Post Disaster Community” by Savannah Hill

When the Waters Came Introduction What would you do if one morning you woke up to everything you owned gone? If in a moment, you had to choose only a couple of items to take with you, what would you choose? What if you had to choose in a matter of minutes what you would … Continue reading “When the Waters Came: A Study of Differences of Wealth in a Post Disaster Community” by Savannah Hill

Community Farming in Times of Need by Joe Montoya

Community Farming in Times of Need The effects of community agriculture on a population are much more impactful than just providing a place to grow food. My name is Joe Montoya and I am a student at Utah State University studying agricultural education with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture. During the summer of 2017 I … Continue reading Community Farming in Times of Need by Joe Montoya

Traded for Another: A Case Study of Two Single Mothers and Their Children’s Physical Health in El Milagro, Peru by Julia Williams

Traded for Another: A Case Study of Two Single Mothers and Their Children’s Physical Health in El Milagro, Peru “Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else's happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you're not sure what the … Continue reading Traded for Another: A Case Study of Two Single Mothers and Their Children’s Physical Health in El Milagro, Peru by Julia Williams

The Olla Común: A Study of Peruvian Gender Roles by Jack White

The Olla Común: A Study of Peruvian Gender Roles Jack White Ethnographic Field School, Utah State University, Summer 2017 Professor: Michelle Grocke Introduction I find myself sitting on a barstool like seat made from a concrete pillar that has an old pair of jeans serving as the cushion.  The seat is placed at a table … Continue reading The Olla Común: A Study of Peruvian Gender Roles by Jack White

Pride or Prejudice? An Ethnographic Exploration of Peruvian LGTB+ Issues by Daniel TB Syke

Pride or Prejudice? An Ethnographic Exploration of Peruvian LGTB+ Issues Daniel TB Sykes Introduction For weeks, my passport has been the prized projectile of an especially stressful game of postal keep away. Today, with barely a week until my first out-of-country departure, I find myself, yet again, at a post office counter explaining the fifteen … Continue reading Pride or Prejudice? An Ethnographic Exploration of Peruvian LGTB+ Issues by Daniel TB Syke

“Safer in the Road”: An Assessment of Disability Access in La Libertad, Peru by McKinley K. Benson

“Safer in the Road”: An Assessment of Disability Access in La Libertad, Peru McKinley K. Benson Ethnographic Field School – Peru USU: Michelle Grocke   Disability is a complex topic of discussion involving social, political, cultural, medical, economic, and infrastructural subjects. Much of the literature on disability access speaks only to access as a whole, … Continue reading “Safer in the Road”: An Assessment of Disability Access in La Libertad, Peru by McKinley K. Benson

Do You Have What You Need? Assessing post-flood needs and assets in El Milagro, Peru by Gavin S. Whaley

Do you have what you need? Assessing post-flood needs and assets in El Milagro, Peru By: Gavin S. Whaley Joe and I talked with Anthony, a 16-year-old resident of El Milagro, Peru. El Milagro is a community north of the coastal city Trujillo, which was devastated by the flood that resulted from El Niño associated … Continue reading Do You Have What You Need? Assessing post-flood needs and assets in El Milagro, Peru by Gavin S. Whaley