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  • Popplestone, Ann
    ... From: Anthro-L [mailto:Anthro-l@listserv.buffalo.edu] On Behalf Of Tim Wallace Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2003 1:48 PM To: ANTHRO-L@LISTSERV.BUFFALO.EDU
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      Subject: [ANTHRO-L] 2004 Ethnographic field school in Guatemala

      NC State University announces the Eleventh Annual

      Ethnographic Field School, Summer 2004
      Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
      May 21 - July 8, 2004

      Applying Anthropology To Nature and Heritage Conservation
      Objectives: Students learn how to do ethnographic fieldwork, design a research project, carry out independent research and study the effects of tourism and change on the local environment and communities. During the seven week program students live with local, Maya families in the Lake Atitlán area of the Western Highlands, a region with an ancient and rich cultural heritage. The effects of globalization and tourism growth are having an significant impact on their way of life. In this third summer of research in Guatemala we will focus on the political, economic and environmental impacts of tourism, religion and globalization on the indigenous Mayan communities around Lake Atitlán. Students will study how these Tzutujil and Kaqchikel Maya are adapting to changing demographics, the effects of the global economic slowdown on the export of coffee and traditional textiles, as well as on the continuing presence of more and more tourists and foreign residents. The program is designed for 12-13 graduate and/or undergraduate anthropology majors or minors or students in related fields wishing to learn applied ethnographic field methods. Students will be encouraged to develop an applied component to their research projects that will complement the 2002 and 2003 applied research effort. Approximately half the participants will be Guatemalan undergraduate anthropology students. The program is also affiliated with the Universidad del Valle-Guatemala City (UVG) and anthropology students from the UVG will participate.

      The Research Site
      Lake Atitlan
      is one of the most majestic and scenic spots in all of Latin America. Ringed by dormant volcanoes and about a mile in elevation, Lake Atitlan was formed out of an ancient volcanic basin. Dotting the shores of the Lake are about a dozen small villages inhabited by the contemporary descendants of the ancient Maya. Panajachel (pop. 8000) is the largest town and will be the headquarters for the program. The view of the lake from Panajachel is magnificent, and its attractive sunsets and views daily lure many tourists, which in turn has transformed the town into a tourist mecca with small hotels, delightful restaurants and plentiful souvenir stores. Yet, the town and the other communities in the region have retained much of their traditional Mayan heritage. Each student is free to choose any topic for his or her independent ethnographic research project, but environment and tourism inevitably will play at least some role in nearly all potential topics. Guatemala has the largest indigenous population in Mexico and Central America. There are approximately 23 different languages spoken here, most of them Mayan. Despite conquests and civil wars, the Mayans have survived for nearly two millennia. Lake Atitlan is one of the best places in the country to learn about this amazingly durable and vibrant culture.

      Six Course Credits (graduate or undergraduate):
      Prerequisites are two courses in anthropology, one of which must be in Cultural Anthropology. No previous experience in ethnographic fieldwork required. Priority will be given to students who have completed at least two semesters of Spanish.

      ANT 419 Ethnographic Field Methods. (3 cr.) This is a field methods course that emphasizes practical training in ethnographic fieldwork and ethics. Applied research methods such as focus groups and rapid assessment procedures will also be demonstrated. Students learn research design, systematic observation, interviewing, fieldnote-taking, coding, ethics data analysis and report writing.
      ANT 431 Tourism, Change and Anthropology (3 cr.) This course focuses on tourism and the role of culture as it affects the interactions between hosts and guests. Students learn through seminar discussions and field work the problems underlying the achievement of sustainable tourism and maintenance of cultural traditions.
      Graduate students will be enrolled in ANT 610 Independent Study in Anthropology (6cr).
      Note: English is the language of instruction, but Spanish is an invaluable tool for a full experience. The focus of all course work is the design, implementation and write- up of an independent research project with an applied focus.

      Each student will be housed with a local Guatemalan family in one of ten communities around Lake Atitlan. Each student will receive room, breakfast, lunch and dinner and laundry services. Families also will help students learn Spanish and establish networks in the community.

      Program Costs
      The cost of the six week program is $2550. The fee covers all living expenses including:
      •room, board (three meals/day), laundry
      •in-country excursions
      •local transportation costs and transfer fees
      •national park entrance fees
      •program fees and instruction
      •tuition for six credits in anthropology
      •full coverage health insurance during stay abroad
      •research supplies and free rental of a cellphone.

      Not included: airfare, airport departure taxes.
      Airfare from most US cities is approximately $500-600. Students are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop word processor to the field. Other than a valid passport, US and Canadian citizens need no other documents to enter Guatemala for a stay of up to 90 days.

      Applications may be downloaded from the field school website:
      http://www4.ncsu.edu/~twallace. You may also request a copy of the application directly from: Tim Wallace at 919-815-6388 (m) or 919-515-9025 (o). Fax no:919-515-2610; E-mail: tim_wallace@.... When requesting an application, please include your name, school and a telephone number where you can be reached. All applications must be accompanied by a $150 registration fee, applicable to the total program cost. The registration fee will be refunded to students who are not accepted for the program. In previous years the program was full by early January, so acceptance is more likely the earlier the application is received. Mail the letter/application to: Tim Wallace, North Carolina State University, Summer Ethnographic Field School in Guatemala, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Box 8107, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695. The deadline is February 6, 2004, but applications received after that date may be considered if there spaces still available.

      Tim Wallace
      Department of Sociology and Anthropology
      North Carolina State University
      Raleigh, NC 27695-8107
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