Explore Ecuador’s unique culture through Judy Blankenship’s expert account which documents the lives of an indigenous people living high in the Ecuadorian Andes. Judy and her husband Michael went from being outsiders to community members and godparents to some of the local children.
Blankenship, Judy. Our House in the Clouds: Building a Second Life in the Andes of Ecuador. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013.
(F3741.C25 B53 2013)
American photographer-journalist Judy Blankenship spent several year in Cañar, Ecuador photographing the local people in their daily lives and conducting photography workshops to enable them to preserve their own visions of their culture. This book was the subject of a feature article in the June 5, 2013 edition of the New York Times which also includes a multimedia slide show of 23 of her pictures in the online edition.
Cepek, Michael. A Future for Amazonia: Randy Borman and Cofán Environmental Politics. Austin: The University of Texas Press, 2012.
(F3722.1.C67 C437 2012)
For centuries, the Cofán people have suffered massive losses to their habitat and population due to violence and political oppression. Despite their difficult experiences, the Cofán embody one of the most politically successful indigenous populations of the Amazon. Today, their successes provide protection for over one million acres of forestland. This story also discusses Randy Borman, a Cofán man of Euro-American descent, raised in the Cofán community who has risen to the top of indigenous leadership.
DeTemple, Jill. Cement, Earthworms, and Cheese Factories : Religion and Community Development in Rural Ecuador. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012.
(BR690 .D48 2012)
Uses historical, documentary and ethnographic data collected over a decade as an aid worker and researcher in central Ecuador to examine the ways in which religion and community development are closely intertwined.
Hamilton, Sarah. The Two-Headed Household: Gender and Rural Development in the Ecuadorean Andes. Edited by Billie R. DeWalt. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998.
(F3721.1 .H33 H35 1998)
Sarah Hamilton is director of the Women in International Development Program at Virginia Tech. As a sociocultural anthropologist she discusses gender responsibilities and women’s control of household economic resources in a rural section of the Ecuadorian Andes.
O'Connor, Erin. Gender, Indian, Nation: The Contradictions of Making Ecuador, 1830-1925. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 2007.
(F3721.3.S65 O36 2007)
O’Connor changes the focus of modern indigenous activism to the roles of gender and its significance to the development of modern Indian-state relations. She also tries to explain the marginalization of indigenous women in Ecuador today.
Rahier, Jean Muteba. Kings for Three Days: The Play of Race & Gender in an Afro-Ecuadorian Festival. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2013.
(F3741.E6 R34 2013 )
Jean Muteba Rahier is an Associate Professor of anthropology at Florida International University. Rahier studies carnivalesque adaptations of Catholic celebrations of the Epiphany in small Afro-Ecuadorian communities.
Whitaker, Robert . The Mapmaker's Wife : A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon. New York: Basic Books, 2004.
(F2546 .W46 2004)
Robert Whitaker’s long fascination with South America manifests itself through his extensive research in this book through the story of Jean and Isabel Godin. The story is based on La Condamine expedition which provides the backdrop for Isabel Godin’s journey in the Amazon. La Condamine and eleven others mapped the Amazon River, and precisely measured the distance of one degree of latitude at the equator. Most historical references only provide muddied descriptions of her story to which Robert challenges with his unique source material from that time period.
Whitten Jr., Norman E., and Dorothea Scott Whitten. Puyo Runa: Imagery and Power in Modern Amazonia. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008.
(F3722.1.C23 W463 2008)
With forty years of experience, Norman E. Whitten Jr. and Dorothea Scott Whitten provide firsthand accounts of the daily life of the Canelos Quichua people of Andean Ecuador. The locals’ understanding of the tropical forest ecology, ceramic artwork, shaman rituals, and political aspirations provide a unique insight into the modern history of Ecuador.
Whitten, Jr., Norman E., ed. Millennial Ecuador: Critical Essays on Cultural Transformations and Social Dynamics. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2003.
(F3721.3.S65 M55 2003)
Whitten’s focus here is on emerging and enduring nationalities with millennial agendas within a framework of a globalizing and localizing country such as Ecuador. This has cautioned other Latin American countries of assimilating western traditions.