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

Spring 2005


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38260 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Course Description

This course is a continuation of beginning spoken Quechua and indigenous culture in the Andean region. Although our focus is the Cusco-Collao variety of South Central Peru to Southern Bolivia, instructional materials are available for students who wish to apply their knowledge of Quechua gained in the course to the Quichua variety of Ecuador. During the first two weeks of the course we will review selected grammatical topics of first semester Quechua (Units X, XV) before continuing with new material (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) the corpus of written verbal arts from the native dramatic traditions and ceremonial festivities extant from the early Colonial era and 2) recordings and transcriptions of contemporary 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.

Grading Policy

25% Oral in-class participation in exercises and discussion on readings 30% 2 Essays on readings (Allen and Bastien) 30% 3 Written dialogues in Quechua using vocabulary and grammar textbook/readings 10% Presentation in class of end-of-course topic 5% 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. 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 and exercizes for each of the Units are also available (free of charge) in Real Audio at


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