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Iskay Qelqaqkuna Boliviamanta New Yorkta Watukunku


Cochabamba Gladys Camacho Bolivia Minas Miners Quechua Felix MuruchiGladys Camacho, Felix Muruchi ima NYUta watukushanku. Iskaykuna kashanku Boliviamanta. Gladys watukushan Lingüística programata. Felix rimaran Evo Moralesmanta, politica Boliviamanta ima CLACSpi. Pay qelqaran huk librota hoq runakunawan, chay libroypa sutin Minero con poder de dinamita: La vida de un activista boliviano. Iskayninku watukunankumanta rimashanku NYU estudiante Charlie Uruchimawan.

Gladys Camacho y Felix Muruchi visitan NYU. Gladys visita el programa de Lingüística y Felix habló sobre Evo Morales y la política en Bolivia en el programa de CLACS. El es co-autor del libro: Minero con poder de dinamita: La vida de un activista boliviano. Gladys y Felix conversan con el estudiante de NYU Charlie Uruchima sobre sus experiencias vividas en la ciudad.

Gladys Camacho and Felix Muruchi are currently visiting NYU from Bolivia. Gladys is a visiting scholar in the Department of Linguistics, and Felix is giving a talk about Evo Morales and Bolivian politics in CLACS. He is also the co-author of the book: From the Mines to the Streets: a Bolivian Activist’s Life. In this podcast, Gladys and Felix speak with NYU student Charlie Uruchima about their experiences visiting New York.


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Runakunapak Yuyaykuna Mamallaktakunapak Tandanakuy Wasibi


Rimasun Quechua language podcast series NYU CLACS NYC Kichwa Salasaca Ecuador United Nations

Photo: Ben Powless.

Mirian Masaquiza, kichwa warmi Ecuadormamallaktamanda, llankan Secretaría del Foro Permanente para las Cuestiones Indígenas nishkabi Mamallaktakunapak Tandanakuy Wasibi (ONU). Mirian rimagun ONU wasi Foro Permanente uku rurashkada runakunada sinchiyachigu. Shinalladik, kichwa shimida rimananin runa yuyay, kawsay kunada sinchiyachingu.

Mirian Masaquiza, kichwa del Ecuador trabaja en la Secretaría del Foro Permanente para las Cuestiones Indígenas de las Naciones Unidas. Mirian nos platica sobre los avances en Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas, en particular el papel del Foro Permanente para las Cuestiones Indígenas. Asimismo, alienta ha que se hable el kichwa como una forma de mantener su identidad y cultura.

Mirian Masaquiza, kichwa from Ecuador is a staff member of the UN Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Mirian shares some of the advancements at the United Nations on indigenous peoples’ issues, in particular the role of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She also encourages to speak Kichwa as a way to maintain her identity and culture.


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Angel Tibán Guala Riman Llank’anan TVpi



Rimasun - MICC TV - EcuadorAngel Tibán Guala Ecuador Mamallaktapi – Cotopaxi marcamanta Tv MICC canal 47 jayllita pushan. Kay rikuna willanaka “Movimiento Indígena y Campesino de Cotopaxi – MICC” tantanakuypakmi kan. Ñami kinsa yalli watakuna kari warmikunapak yuyaykunata kausaykunatapash ishkayshimipi rimashpa rikuchishpapash llankankuna.Cay rikuna jayllika chusku markakunapak wasikunamanmi yaykun.

Angel Tibán Guala dirige la televisora comunitaria Tv MICC canal 47. El Movimiento Indígena y Campesino de Cotopaxi – MICC es el propietario del medio de comunicación. El canal viene funcionando más de tres años, mostrando las voces y la identidad propia de los Pueblos y Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador. El canal de televisión ingresa a los hogares de cuatro provincias de zona central del Ecuador.

Angel Tibán Guala is the Director of the community television channel MICC 47, which is owned by El Movimiento Indígena y Campesino de Cotopaxi (MICC). For more than three years, the channel has facilitated the Indigenous Nations and Peoples of Ecuador to transmit their own voices and identity into the homes of residents in four provinces in central Ecuador.

Christine Mladic interviewed Angel during his visit to the United Nations in NYC.


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Avoiding Narcotourism

Everyone loves to travel. In 2008, 924 million people traveled abroad. That is a lot of people contributing an enormous amount of money to foreign economies. For obvious reasons many people think of tourism as having a positive impact to the economy of any area that utilizes it to create jobs, preserve natural resources, and increase the overall quality of life for the people living and working within the tourist economy. But does tourism always leave positive impacts? My research delves into the tourist economy of a specific area in Guatemala where the Tzutjujil Mayan people struggle to decide how tourism should be used to bolster their economy and maximize the benefits tourism can bring while minimizing its negative impacts.

Bowker - Guatemala - San JuanThe town of San Pedro La Laguna on the side of Lake Atitlan Guatemala has blossomed into a thriving community over the past twenty years. Much of the success the town has had in the tourism sector is due to Narco-tourism. The various illegal narcotics that can be purchased around the town has made San Pedro a popular stop for many backpackers while traveling through Central America. Marijuana, cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, MDMA (pure ecstasy), and prescription drugs are all available to buy at discount prices given you can make contact with the right local. The local dealers are both Guatemalans and foreigners who call San Pedro home. The sale and availability of illegal drugs has had a significant impact on the lives of this Mayan community, especially the impressionable youth. But this is just one of the problems that tourism can bring if it is not regulated.
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Inevitable Change: Tourism’s Impact on Indigenous Communities in Guatemala

Bowker - Guatemala - TourismI have returned to Guatemala to do field research for the NYU CLACS masters program after having served in this country as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2008-2010. Even though I am now in a different location of the country from when I served as a volunteer, many elements of the towns San Pedro La Laguna and San Juan La Laguna are familiar and ubiquitously Guatemalan. The major difference about these communities in comparison to other parts of the country is their ability to use tourism as a development strategy and how this has changed the people’s everyday lives and culture.

My research interest lies with the cultural elements that are unique to these two towns because of their high connection with the outside world. The town’s geography gives them both their own feel and how they have used tourism differently has had significant impacts on everyday life. Situated alongside the beautiful Lake Atitlan surrounded by volcanoes at an altitude of over five thousand feet, both San Pedro and San Juan have something to offer the bold tourist who craves a unique cultural experience. Over the past twenty years these communities have developed with the aid of tourism, but poverty still grips the lives of the majority of the town’s inhabitants. Trying to understand this situation will take time and patience. After being here a week, I have identified many people who have unique perspectives that will benefit my research.   Continue reading

CLACS Features Films by Award-Winning Peruvian Filmmaker Federico García

Federico Garcia - CLACS at NYU

Miryam Yataco, Pilar Roca, Federico García, and Sinclair Thomson at CLACS

Federico García is among the most prolific filmmakers of Peruvian cinematic history.  Several of Garcia’s films were shown as part of the Mundos Andinos series – a collaboration between CLACS at NYU and ILAS at Columbia University.  The filmmaker also attended the film screenings and participated in multiple panels to discuss the films within Peru’s broader historical context. These films are rarely shown in the United States, and it was even more exceptional to screen them with Federico García and his producer Pilar Roca’s participation.
Federico García - CLACS at NYUOn April 2, Mundos Andinos featured Kuntur Wachana (1977), which remains the only film to date made about Peruvian Agrarian Reform measures carried out by Gen. Juan Velasco Alvarado’s military regime.  The film tells the story of 1950s and 1960s campesino struggles.  Members of the   Huarán cooperative, a group who took over the hacienda at Huarán outside of Cusco city, financed the film and also acted as main characters.  Kuntur Wachana features primarily the Quechua language.  The Federico García was joined by Miryam Yataco, an educator in NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, for a presentation after the event. Continue reading

CLACS Welcomes Director Sinclair Thomson

Sinclair ThomsonWe are thrilled to welcome Sinclair Thomson as the new CLACS Director!

Starting this spring, Thomson will bring innovative events and research on Latin America to CLACS. A historian, Thomson’s research focuses on indigenous social movements, and how revolutionary ideas live on in Andean collective memory and myth. Thomson’s book We Alone Will Rule: Native Andean politics in the age of insurgency, looks at native Andean politics in the eighteenth century. He also co-authored Ya es otro tiempo el presente: Cuatro momentos de insurgencia indígena, Revolutionary Horizons: Past and Present in Bolivian Politics, and is currently working on The Bolivia Reader: History, Culture, Politics.

Thomson says he’s looking forward to being at CLACS.

I’m excited to be involved with CLACS this semester. I am proud that CLACS has such strong programs in Andean studies and Quechua language studies, which coincide with my own interests. At the University of Wisconsin Madison I received great interdisciplinary training in Andean students, and Quechua was a big part of my education. I’m happy to support training new students in these area.

Visit the CLACS website to learn more about Sinclair Thomson.

CLACS Hosts Mesoamerican Biodiversity, Green Imperialism, and Indigenous Women’s Leadership Conference

On October 19 CLACS co-hosted a conference on “Mesoamerican Biodiversity, Green Imperialism, and Indigenous Women’s Leadership in Defense of Territory.”

Mesoamerican Biodiversity Conference - CLACS at NYUMarisa Belausteguigoitia, director of the Programa de Estudios de Genero (PUEG) at UNAM, opened the “Mesoamerican Biodiversity, Green Imperialism, and Indigenous Women’s Leadership in Defense of Territory” conference (yes, it’s a mouthful!) with the idea that an exchange of ideas needs to happen between the “plaza and the classroom” in order to effect real change. Belausteguigoitia said the primary motivation for the conference was a response to the violence occurring in Mexico, utilizing UNAM’s important position as a public university to enter into a transnational dialogue. Although the conference focused mainly on Latin America, the objective was to create conversations covering topics that are important on a global level. The panel discussions highlighted issues of feminicide, environmental devastation and mythologization of indigenous people.

As a woman of Mexican heritage, a CLACS student, and a former resident of southern Mexico (where many of the talks were focused), the topics covered by the panelists resonated with me both emotionally and academically. The ideas and issues discussed, however, are of universal relevance. Overarching themes of struggle and identity were revealed through stories of extreme violence being contested with new forms of resistance; demands for society and environment to be confronted together in creating buen vivir; and women, who are turning the table on modernity by defending traditions in nontraditional ways. The paradoxes are many, and although no unequivocal resolution has been proffered, the door to dialogue has been opened‑ and it is up to us to walk through.

This conference was a collaboration between CLACS,  the Humanities Initiative at NYU, the Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Columbia University, the NYU Dean for the Humanities, the NYU Native Studies Forum, the NYU Department of Anthropology, Metropolitan Studies at NYU, the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU, and the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU.

Posted by Marisa Cadena – M.A. Candidate, CLACS at NYU

CLACS Student Interviews Bolivia’s Minister of Foreign Relations for the Latin America News Dispatch

CLACS M.A. student Juan Victor Fajardo recently interviewed Bolivia’s Minister of Foreign Relations, David Choquehuanca, for the Latin American News Dispatch.

In the interview, Foreign Minister Choquehuanca spoke at length about Bolivia’s extradition request for ex-president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada to the U.S. government, and the future of lithium reserves in the Uyuni salt deposit. He also commented on the lowland indigenous march in defense of the Isiboro Secure Reserve (TIPNIS), which occurred before the indigenous march successfully overturned the Bolivian government’s plan to build a major highway through the ecological reserve.

This interview, moreover, forms part of the preparatory steps to organize a panel discussion on, “Environmental Politics Under Evo Morales: Buen Vivir vs New Extractivism” in February 2012. This panel is a collaborative initiative of CLACS M.A. students and faculty.

The Latin America News Dispatch was founded by four graduate students in the Global Joint Master’s program in Journalism and Latin American Studies at New York University. L.A.N.D. produces original news stories about Latin America, the Caribbean, U.S. foreign policy, and Hispanics in the United States. Visit the website to sign up for “Today in Latin America”, a daily digest of news stories about Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latina/o immigration issues in the U.S.

Posted by Pamela Calla – Visiting Associate Professor at CLACS at NYU

CLACS and ILAS Collaborate on Intercultural Bilingual Education Conference

Carmen Martinez from the University of Kentucky discusses "Indigenous and Modern Knowledges in Intercultural Education in Ecuador"

On October 6 and 7th, CLACS and ILAS at Columbia University co-hosted a conference at Teacher’s College on, “Reconstructing National Identities Conference – Intercultural Bilingual Education in Latin America.”

Laura Validviezo New York University Columbia University Intercultural Bilingual

Laura Validviezo talks about "Identity in Intercultural Multilingual Peru: An Analysis of Political Discourse and School Practice"

The workshop topics ranged from the emergence of research and policy, international development and academic fields, and educational and social movements, and social and political actors and institutionalization related to intercultural and bilingual education in Latin America.

CLACS faculty member Pamela Calla chaired a panel on “Social and Political Actors and the Institutionalization of Intercultural Bilingual Education.” Here, she shares her reflections on the conference: Continue reading