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The Ancestral Lands of the Ese’eja – The True People

photo of Ese'eja hunetr by Jon Cox

This multidisciplinary project centers on the Ese’eja Nation, an indigenous hunter gatherer people located in the Amazonian region of Peru. The objectives include documenting the Ese’eja lifestyle, creating a community plan, and programming education for Ese’eja schools, surrounding communities, and internationally through the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research.

Carla Guerrón Montero is a cultural and applied anthropologist trained in the United States and Latin America, and specialized in the anthropology of tourism, the anthropology of food, and the African diaspora. Dr. Guerrón Montero studies the complex and multiple meanings and representations of identity among marginalized populations in modern Latin American and Caribbean nation-states (Brazil, Ecuador, Grenada, and Panama). Dr. Guerrón Montero is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program. She holds joint appointments in Black American Studies and Women and Gender Studies. She has published a book (The Color of the Panela: Study of Afro-Ecuadorian Women in the Afro-Ecuadorian Andes) and edited a book (Careers in Applied Anthropology: Advice from Academics and Practicing Anthropologists), and several book chapters. In addition, she has published extensively in English and Spanish, in professional journals such as Anthropological Quarterly, Bulletin for Latin American Research, Ethnology, Human Organization, the Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, and Ecology of Food and Nutrition, among others. She is currently working on the book From Temporary Migrants to Permanent Attractions: Tourism and the Construction of National and Transnational Afro-Antillean Identities in Panama (Afro-Latino Diasporas Book Series by Palgrave MacMillan).

Mónica Domínguez Torres is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Art History at the University of Delaware. She specializes in the arts of the early modern Iberian World, with particular interest in cross-cultural exchanges between Spain and the Americas during the period 1500-1700. Her book Military Ethos and Visual Culture in Post-Conquest Mexico (Ashgate, 2013) investigates the significance of military images and symbols in sixteenth-century Mexico, showing how certain interconnections between martial, socialand religious elements resonated with similar intensity among Mesoamericans and Europeans, and created cultural bridges between these diverse communities. Her current research project looks at the relationship between the early modern pearl industry and European courtly art. She has presented advances of this research at the 53rd International Congress of Americanists (Mexico City, 2009), the Renaissance Society of America annual conference (Venice, 2010), and the African Americas Project at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE, 2011). Her essay “Pearl Fishing in the Caribbean: Early Images of Slavery and Forced Migration in the Americas” will appear in the volume African Americas Project, edited by Persephone Braham.

Anthony Middlebrooks, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Organizational and Community Leadership Program in the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware. He helped develop the doctoral program in leadership as a professor at Cardinal Stritch University, and spent ten years prior in non-profit leadership positions, culminating in writing, consulting, and presenting on a variety of leadership topics. Dr. Middlebrooks teaches courses in leadership theory and practice, decision-making, creativity and innovation in leadership, and research methodology. His current research interests focus on methods of leadership education and the integration of leadership, creativity, and design thinking. Dr. Middlebrooks has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He can be reached at tmiddleb@udel.edu.

Rosalie Rolón Dow is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware. She is a faculty fellow at the Center for the Study of Diversity, University of Delaware. She began her education career as a bilingual elementary school teacher and received her Ph.D. from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, in Urban Education. An ethnographer of education, Dr. Rolón-Dow studies how race, gender and social class dynamics shape the educational opportunities and experiences of urban families. In particular, her work pays special attention to the anthropology of Latino education. Drawing on sociocultural frameworks of education, her teaching and research endeavors aim to address issues of educational (in) equity and seek to promote socially just educational practices and policies. She has conducted research in Delaware, Philadelphia and Puerto Rico. She has published her research in The American Education Research Journal, The Journal of Anthropology of Education, Race and Ethnicity in Education and other education journals. She is co-editor of a forthcoming book focused on the educational experiences of Puerto Rican students.

Jules Bruck, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Landscape Design at the University of Delaware. She loves studio teaching and engaging university and continuing adult students in the process of landscape design and planning. A permanently certified member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Jules has owned Evolution Landscape Design, LLC for the past 15 years. Currently, her favorite class, Design Process Practicum, is team taught with professors from the departments of Art and Leadership. Most recently the collaboration resulted in student exhibitions being installed at the Philadelphia International Flower Show and the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. She has conducted many study abroad trips to highlight design in both Brazil and Europe. Her current research focus is the integration of design thinking and design teaching, and in the area of public perception of sustainable landscape practices such as designing to increase ecosystem services.

Jon Cox is an assistant professor in the Department of Art at the University of Delaware and Board Member of the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania. Cox’s latest published work was a six-year documentary book project with hunter-gatherers in Tanzania titled Hadzabe, By the Light of a Million Fires. To learn more about the Dorobo Fund and the book go to http://www.dorobofund.org. Cox has directed twenty photographic study abroad programs across the globe including destinations to Antarctica, South East Asia, Tanzania, Australia, Tasmania and several countries in South America. He was a pioneer in the field of digital photography, served as the adventure photographer/writer for Digital Camera Magazine and authored two Amphoto digital photography books. Cox is the 2014 co-recipient of a National Geographic - Genographic Legacy Fund Grant to support his current cultural mapping initiative with the Ese’eja hunter-gatherers living in the Amazonia basin of Peru.