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An Ecuador Reading List: Selections from the Helm-Cravens Library
by Christopher McConnell & Brian Coutts


Becker, Marc. Indians and Leftists in the Making of Ecuador's Modern Indigenous Movements. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.

(F3721.1.C29 B43 2008 )
Have you ever thought twice about the question, what is an Indian? This book attempts to challenge contemporary definitions of Latin American culture. Many socialist activists believe that the indigenous “movements” should be defined as a nation across various political borders. The author, attempts to give a detailed account of the complex indigenous relationship with Marxist left.

Hurtado, Osvaldo. Portrait of a Nation: Culture and Progress in Ecuador. Lanham: Madison Books, 2012.

(F3710 .H8713 2010)
Ecuador is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with snow-capped mountain ranges, active volcanoes and hospitable people. It is also one of the most enigmatic countries because even as it produces oil, exports bananas, and cacao, shrimp and flowers, it still remains as one of the most underdeveloped Latin American countries. The author offers insight into the cultural habits and customs which may reinforce this problem.

Miles, Ann. From Cuenca to Queens: An Anthropological Story of Transnational Migration. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2004.

(F128.9.E28 M55 2004)
Transnational migration is at the core of the difficult choices to be made when seeking economic prosperity. In 1995, Vicente Quitasaca left his home in Cuenca, Ecuador for New York City. His anthropological struggle and quest to find a better way while fighting against racism and social inequality is documented by Ann Miles who has been longtime friends with the Quitasacas.

Rhoades, Robert E. Development with Identity: Community, Culture, and Sustainability in the Andes. Wallingford: CABI Publishing, 2006.

(HC203.C68 D48 2006)
This book reports on a 6-year interdisciplinary research project on natural resource management in Cotacachi, Ecuador. It discusses the relationship of the indigenous population and their interaction with the environment and how the development of its Andean landscape must address local priorities such as ethnic identity.

Swanson, Kate. Begging as a Path to Progress: Indigenous Women and Children and the Struggle for Ecuador's Urban Spaces. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2010.

(F3721.1.Q55 S93 2010 )
In Ecuador, as agrarian output has declined, women and children struggle to share vending spaces in urban areas. While begging is often associated with decay and poverty, here it has become a valuable skill towards progress.

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