This week I got to present with my class at the annual Academic Conference. My Class, LALCS 299 (Indios in Latin America: Indios and Visual Culture in Latin America and the Hispanic Pacific) presented 6 different theses that reflected the different aspects of indigenous studies in Latin America we have been learning throughout the semester. Our class divided our presentations in groups of 3 people and my group presented the thesis:
“Culture is not a fixed or static concept as it is inevitably challenged and changed over time. This process is influenced by migration, development and new understandings of culture and the changing environment. A major part of this process has been influence and assertion of other cultures” (Condensed: Culture is not Fixed).
As an example of a changing culture, we cited the Quechua Scissors Dance, or the Danzaq of Southern Peru. In one of the performance footage (by the New York Folklore Society ) we saw performers wearing Chuck Taylors with their full traditional clothing, an interesting influence of American culture now that performance and competitions are held in the United States to preserve culture. The most interesting aspect of the dance though, is not necessarily the use of scissors to dance with, but the story behind it. Originally, rocks were used to mimic the sound of rain and with the introduction of steel by the Eurpeans in Perú, there was a shift to scissors. To accommodate migration, many of the instruments used for the dance adapted to a different forms so performers could play them while in motion.
Additionally, we cited moments or motivations in which we see shifts in culture:
My biggest takeaway from this project was that culture as a fixed phenomenon has historically oppressed indigenous people, which is why we cannot have a monolithic understanding of it.
The spring semester at Holy Cross is always jam packed with awesome events and summer planning for students all around Holy Cross. Recently, I’ve taken part of all those as a general member with different RSO’s, e-board members, and student on campus. Below are a few things I’ve been a part of this semester and a few others that I’m looking forward to soon.
Last week I was a part of LASO’s annual Noche Latina as a dancer for the Baile Folklorico Mexicano ensemble. Dancing Baile Folklorico alongside my peers was an incredibly fun learning experience, and this was my second time performing for Noche Latina! General members are reached out to by the end of the first semester and the first half of the second semester is filled with rehearsals and planning for the one night event in April each year.
Breaking the Closet
We broke! A literal! Closet!
This year I helped co-plan the (3rd) annual breaking the closet for Pride with my roommate Britt Axelson ’21. At the event people shared and wrote monologues about their experiences being a queer person in and out of Holy Cross.
Thanks to the Crusader Internship Fund I was able to apply to and choose an internship of my interest without worrying about whether the internship was paid or not. The CIF provides support for students with unpaid internships who are in their second or third year at Holy Cross. While it is competitive program, the Career Development office offers many opportunities to support students on their application.
This summer I will be interning at the Women’s Foundation back home in Kansas City, MO. I have a great interest in working in the non-profit sector and this will be my first hands on experience with it. As an intern I will be working with the grant research and fundraising team
I recently applied and was admitted to the New York Semester program for the Spring 2020 semester during my junior year. Through the program, I will be interning at an NGO, conducting my own research for a capstone and taking a seminar on leadership. All components of the program will be transferred as credit at Holy Cross! The research topic done through the program is completely up to the student. My hope is to do work with oral histories by conducting interviews with a specific population of people.