Dec 14, 2009


Study the life and culture of the Highland Maya
6 undergraduate credits in anthropology
May 27-July 8, 2010
Maury Hutcheson, Ph.D.
$2,380 (includes roundtrip airfare) plus VCU tuition
Registration deadline: March 26, 2010

Course description
Based in Quetzaltenango, this six-week program will provide students with a comprehensive overview of Mayan indigenous life in Guatemala, past and present, including opportunities for individual and group research through participant observation, attendance at cultural events, lectures on selected topics, and excursions to museums and major archaeological sites, dating from the earliest days of the Olmec/Maya transition to the contact-era capitals that were toppled by the Spanish conquistadors. Interethnic relations between the Maya and their non-indigenous Ladino neighbors will be a special focus of this year’s program. Course instruction will be in English, but in order to facilitate our rapid immersion in the local culture students will also receive two weeks of individualized, one-on-one tutoring in Spanish at the Escuela de Español Juan Sisay. Readings in history, ethnography and archaeology directly related to the communities we visit will be closely integrated with discussions of anthropological theory and effective research practices.

Regularly scheduled classroom meetings will alternate with weekend field trips to local indigenous communities throughout the region, including Lake Atitlan and Chichicastenango, as well as presentations by local Maya cultural leaders and visits to sites of cultural interest in the town and its surrounding villages. Students will gain practical experience in a variety of ethnographic research techniques as well as the ethical dimension of anthropological fieldwork while exploring historical continuities and transformations in Mayan culture and religious practice, especially in response to international tourism and economic globalization.

The program will be led by Dr. Maury Hutcheson of the VCU School of World Studies, whose research centers on the religious practice, and expressive culture of the K’iche’ Maya and their response to nearly 500 years of Spanish/indigenous interaction and transculturation, as well as the impact of globalization and tourism in the present generation. Dr. Hutcheson has extensive experience in Guatemala, having made numerous research visits there over many years. This will be his third time directing the anthropology in Guatemala study abroad program.

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Best regards,

Dr. Maury Hutcheson
Anthropology Program / International Education Study Abroad
School of World Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University


osea 2010
Heritage Ethnography Field School

7 WEEK PROGRAM: May 23 – July 10, 2010
Yucatán, Mexico
Based in Pisté and Maya Communities surrounding Chichén Itzá,
One of the New Seven Wonders of the World

Students do research on an issue they select according to their interests.  Possible areas of work include:
·            Art & Intangible Cultural Heritage
·            Archaeological Heritage
·            Ethnography of Archaeology
·            Tourism Development & Urbanism
·            Community Strategies of Tourism
·            Social History through Life Histories
·            Applied and Action Research
·           Art Exhibitions and Ethnographic Installation
·           Maya Forms of Health & Healing
·           Environmental Heritage

Students enroll in two courses and receive 8 credits in Anthropology:
"Anthropology Seminar in Heritage Issues"
"Ethnographic Research & Field Work Practicum"

Program includes intensive training in spoken Yucatec Maya language for ethnographic field work

osea Program Fees include:
Direct Enrollment with Accredited  University Transcript
Food & Lodging, Homestays with Maya families in Pisté
Local Field Trips to Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam, Yaxuna, Cenote Dzitnup, & jungle caves
Mid-Program Break (4-night/5 day) to allow participants free-time to explore Yucatán on their own (not included in program fees).

Students can use their state and federal financial aid for OSEA Programs

Open to Undergraduates in sophomore year and higher, with any social science & humanities major
Open to Graduate Students in any social science and humanities fields.
~Minimum 1-year college-level Spanish
~GPA of 2.5 or higher

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