Posted by Emma Matthies '14
The welcoming apthapi in our rural homestay. We spent four days in a small village just off of Lake Titicaca. During the meal we ate seven different kinds of potatos with a homemade pico de aji (garlic salsa). Despite not speaking the same language all of us were laughing by the end of the meal (Photograph by Heidi Baer Postigo)
The influence of foreign countries on Latin American culture is an ever-evolving process with a distinct manner of adaptation. In anthropology, studies of globalization have mainly focused on the influence the Western world has on South American countries, but the way in which new ideas are adopted and incorporated into culture is a crucial part of the process. Food culture in Bolivia has changed drastically throughout its history, from the Spanish colonists to NATO’s food aid to the introduction of fast foods. My study is based on ethnographic research carried out from February until May of 2013 in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and focuses specifically on culinary traditions and how they have changed in response to a variety of factors within the country and also because of pressures from outside. The importance of traditional foods still prevails through much of Cochabamba’s culinary world, but at the same time new foods are cropping up all across the city. I found that the global and the local coexist in Cochabamba and thus create new meanings within its population.
Posted by Anna Balser '13
The first paddling day on the Futaleufu in Patagonia, Chile brought us through rapids that peaked at a class III level of difficulty. In comparison to the rapids that lay ahead it was an easy run meant to acclimate us to the river. With this in mind, it came as a surprise to all when a raft flipped going through a class III, depositing 6 women and their guide Diego into the river. Safety kayakers and other rafts plucked the group from the water quickly and no one was hurt. The brief panic that enveloped the larger group subsided into retellings of and jokes about the flip. The women in the raft were dubbed the “Futa swim team,” and the other guides ruthlessly teased Diego about flipping in such an easy rapid.
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