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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Spring 2006


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39835 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 214

Course Description

This course is a continuation of beginning spoken Quechua and indigenous culture in the Andean region, with special focus on the Cusco-Collao language variety of South Central Peru to Southern Bolivia. For beginners we will cover basic language structures (Units I-XV in the Course Packet). For more advanced students we will review selected grammatical topics during the first two weeks of the course (Units X, XV) before continuing on (Units XVI-XXV). For the cultural component we will read, discuss and write about topics from two contemporary ethnographies, one on an indigenous community in Peru and the other in Bolivia. We will view ethnographic documentaries and study texts from Andean folklore genres that complement the cultural and linguistic material in the instructional manual. The folklore texts are of two types: 1) mythological narratives about the Inkas and other Andean peoples and 2) contemporary recordings and transcriptions of song and narrative texts collected in the field by the instructor. While spoken Quechua provides the core of the course for students who intend to learn the language for travel, work involving the Andean republics or post-graduate studies, students with a general interest in the culture will be encouraged and guided in applying this language for the end-of- term presentations in accord with their interests in Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, History, Literature and Folklore, etc. The set of audio tapes, and a CD containing all of the Units I to XXX, that accompany the Manual, are available for purchase at the Liberals Arts ITS office in MEZ 2. 302. The dialogues for each of the Units is also available (free of charge) in Real Audio at

Grading Policy

30% Oral in-class participation in exercises and discussion on readings. 45% 3 Essays on readings (Allen and Bastien), including one on a topic of your choice. 10% Presentation in class of your end-of-course topic. 15% Homework checked for accuracy and completion for Reviews Units XV, XX, XXV.


Course Packet (1) and Books (2, 3) available for purchase at the University Co-op: 1. Introduction to Spoken Bolivian Quechua by Garland D. Bills, Bernardo Vallejo C., and Rudolph C. Troike (Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas Press, Austin, 1971). 2) The Hold Life Has: Coca and Cultural Identity in an Andean Community by Catherine J. Allen, Smithsonion Institution, 1988 3) Mountain of the Condor: Metaphor and ritual in an Andean Ayllu by Joseph W. Bastien, Waveland Press, Prospect Heights, Illinois, 1985.


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