A Transdisciplinary Preservation Project of Andean Cultural Heritage

By Amanda Alexander, F. Alejandro Montiel-Ishino, Ashley Meredith and Joseph A. Evans.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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As globalization blurs borders and boundaries, how has cultural identity been altered and crafted? In the case of indigenous identity, or indigeneity, socioeconomics and sociocultural factors force the assimilation of Westernized values and ideals, forsaking indigeneity. Indigenous culture then becomes increasingly hybridized and lost, creating gaps in traditional ways of life. That is why preservation of the lifeways must be in context. The most important facets are process, history and culture as they are critical pieces in preserving a cultural way of life. In using ethnographic methods including material replication and virtualization, we can create the most accurate archive of lifeways. We propose to use an innovative and transdisciplinary approach to preserve the ancient art of huacos (replicas of pre-Incan & Incan pottery) from an indigenous man who is renowned as a local authority and expert ceramist from Cajamarca, Peru.

Keywords: Museum Studies, Transdisciplinary Design, Replication, Material Culture, Technoarchaeology, Peru, Mixed Methods

The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 272.720KB).

Dr. Amanda Alexander

Assistant Professor, Art + Art History, University of Texas - Arlington, USA

Dr. Amanda Alexander graduated from The Ohio State University (OSU) with a Ph.D. in Art Education and a focus in Cultural Policy and Administration in 2010. Prior to her Ph.D., she received a Masters of Arts degree in Cultural Policy and Administration in 2007 from OSU and a Bachelors of Science degree in Business in 2000 from Indiana University-Bloomington. Dr. Alexander’s Doctoral research and work in the Peace Corps provided her the opportunity to live and work in South America where she continues to conduct research and work with artists living in the Andes Mountains.

F. Alejandro Montiel-Ishino

Research Coordinator II, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

Francisco Alejandro “Alex” Montiel-Ishino received his BS in Anthropological Sciences at The Ohio State University. Thereafter, he received his MPH from the University of South Florida in SocioHealth Sciences. Currently, he is a dual title PhD student at The Pennsylvania Sate University in Biobehavioral Health and Bioethics. Montiel-Ishino is an applied scientist integrating multiple paradigms and methodologies to create holistic and contextual models to explain human behavior. His focus is to create generalizable evidence based interventions framed by the sociopolitical and cultural environment mediated by behavioral and biological factors.

Ashley Meredith

Graduate Assistant and Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

Ashley Meredith graduated from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks (UAF) with a Master of Arts degree in anthropology and a focus in Hawaiian identity and tourism. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish language and literature, in addition to linguistics with a focus on the Hawaiian language. Meredith's work focuses on issues in heritage tourism, designation of heritage sites, how culture is represented through imagery, and perceptions of cultural representations.

Joseph A. Evans

Research Associate, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

Joseph A. Evans is currently a student of the doctoral program in applied anthropology at University of South Florida on the archaeology track. Evans has both MA and BA degrees from the multidisciplinary Heritage Resources Program from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. His areas of interest and research include: techno-archaeology, archaeological survey methods, archaeo-geophysics, aerial archaeology, archaeology of the southeastern United States, archaeological theory, cultural resource management, public archaeology, and heritage preservation.

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