Mayas, Aztecs and Incas: The World According to the Indigenous People of Latin America
A focus on the three great civilizations of the Americas at the time of the arrival of Spaniards and Portuguese, extending the net to other existing cultures in today like the Iroquois (in today US) and First Nations in today Canada and bringing into focus the Mapuches from Souther Chile. To understand the present resurgence of Indigenous thinking and intervention within the nation-state to which they belong as well as in their inter-American organization, it is necessary to understand their ancestral memories that were never colonized by Western Civilization. Their renaming of the continent and displacing America by Abya Yala is a small but telling sign of their resurgence. We will explore the meaning of Sumak Kawsay (to live in harmony and plenitude) as an alternative to neo-liberal economic and political models. The political, ethic and economic visions emerging from Indigenous philosophies that are not grounded in Greek and Roman models but in their own millenarian memories and ancestrality, is the main thrust of the seminar. The seminar is totally in Spanish.
ICS 460S, CULANTH 367S, LSGS 412S