Folklore | Folklore of the Andes
F315 | 25811 | McDowell
We will explore the folklore of the Andes with emphasis on the
Quechua-speaking peoples in the highlands, taking note of how these
highland cultures have been adapted by urban populations to become
representative of national identities in the Andean republics of
Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.
Among the forms of folklore to be included in our purview are music,
song, and dance; mythic narratives and other narrative forms;
festivals and carnivals; healing and traditional medicine; and
materials arts and culture.
Students will “adopt” a particular Andean region or community and
over the course of the semester prepare a comprehensive report on
this local folklore and its relationship to comparable traditions in
other Andean regions.