Modern and Stateless: A Case Study of the International, Racialized Modernity of the Peruvian Nikkei

Posted by Amy Obermeyer, doctoral student in Comparative Literature at NYU The history of Japanese immigration to, and their descendants in, Peru is a vexed story that seem more at home in a spy novel of “international intrigue” than in the pages of academic scholarship. It begins in the late-nineteenth century on a stranded shipContinue reading “Modern and Stateless: A Case Study of the International, Racialized Modernity of the Peruvian Nikkei”

Ethnography and Ecology in the Cordillera Blanca

Posted by Tony Wood, graduate student in Latin American History at NYU From 9th to 13th July I took part in an ethnographic field methods workshop in Carhuaz, a small town high in the Peruvian Andes, around 280 miles north of Lima. The town itself nestles between two mountain ranges – to the west theContinue reading “Ethnography and Ecology in the Cordillera Blanca”

Struggles for the Land in Latin America, Past and Present

Posted by Tony Wood, graduate student in Latin American History at NYU On 24 June 1969, Peru’s military government decreed a sweeping agrarian reform, and at the same time ordered that the day itself – previously designated the “day of the Indio”, a term which carried a racialized, discriminatory charge – be renamed the DíaContinue reading “Struggles for the Land in Latin America, Past and Present”

A Successful Quechua Night with Filmmaker Gabina Funegra

On January 30, filmmaker and academic Gabina Funegra joined the Runasimi Outreach Committee of NYU for a screening of the director’s award-winning documentary “Quechua, The Fading Incan Language.” In the film, Gabina — herself Peruvian but currently living in Australia — documents her journey to the town of Huallanca in the Peruvian Andes. It isContinue reading “A Successful Quechua Night with Filmmaker Gabina Funegra”

Imminent Displacement: the Shipibo in Lima

About 1000 Shipibos live in Cantagallo, a shanty-town in the Rimac district of Lima, Peru.  The Shipibo-Conibo are an indigenous group that live near the Ucayali river in the Amazon region of Peru. They make up about 10-15% of Cantagallo, the rest being populations that migrated from other areas in Peru, particularly the Andean regions. Continue reading “Imminent Displacement: the Shipibo in Lima”

Bagua Not Forgotten

June 5 marked five years since the bloodshed in the Peruvian city of Bagua, situated in the Amazon. The Peruvian government negotiated a Free Trade Agreement with the United States that came into effect in February of 2009. It gave mining corporations special rights to access the Amazon for oil exploration and subsequent exploitation.  ThereContinue reading “Bagua Not Forgotten”

Jorge Saavedra, Elva Ambia ima Runasimita Kawsarichinankupaq Ruwashasqankumanta

Kay podcastpi Jorge Saavedra (Quechua en Miami), Elva Ambía (New York Quechua Initiative) ima rimanku Michael Abbottwan, Charlie Uruchimwan ima, imaynatachus runasimita erqe kashaspa yachakusqankumanta. Kunantaq, imatachus kay Estados Unidospi runasimita kawsananpaq ruwashasqankumanta, chaykunamanta ima rimanku. En este podcast Jorge Saavedra (Quechua en Miami) y Elva Ambía (New York Quechua Initiative) conversan con Michael AbbottContinue reading “Jorge Saavedra, Elva Ambia ima Runasimita Kawsarichinankupaq Ruwashasqankumanta”

Patrocinio Lara Wakin Cumpankunawan Huñunakun Brooklynpi

Patrocinio Lara Huancavelicamanta kan. Huancavelica kan Perupi. Kay podcastpi, Michael Abbott, Christine Mladic Janney ima paywan rimashanku Brooklynpi. Pay imaynapi takiyta yachakuran, imaynapi llaqtanpa rayminkuna kashanku ima rimashan. Chaymanta, pay Elva Ambiawan huaynota takishan. Patrocinio Lara, es original de un pueblo de Huancavelica, Perú. En este podcast habla con Michael Abbott y Christine Mladic JanneyContinue reading “Patrocinio Lara Wakin Cumpankunawan Huñunakun Brooklynpi”

Manuelcha Prado Imaynapi Guitarrata Waqachiyta Yachakuran

Manuelcha Prado Christine Mladic Janneyman willakushan imaynapi yachakuran guitarrata hasp’iyta Puquio llaqtanpi; chaypi, pachamamata uyarispa, pay wiñaran. Runa Simi mana wañunanpaq pay takin Runa Simipi, runasimita reqsichinanpaq. Kay audiopi, pay yuyashan yachachiqninpa consejonta: “Guitarrata waqachiyta munaspaqa uyariy pero mana uyariychu ninrillaykiwan uyarinki sonqoykiwan.” Manuelcha Prado cuenta a Christine Mladic Janney sobre como aprendió a tocarContinue reading “Manuelcha Prado Imaynapi Guitarrata Waqachiyta Yachakuran”

Ayacucho and the Legacy of Violence

Tucked away in the Andes mountain range, the small city of Ayacucho was the birth place of the notorious Maoist insurgent group, the Shining Path (SP). The movement began in the 1960s and 70s in the University of Huamanga, and then spread out into the surrounding communities in the early 1980s. At first, the ideasContinue reading “Ayacucho and the Legacy of Violence”