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FLAS Indigenous Language Courses  June 1-July 20, 2018

Sponsored by Florida International University

University of Wisconsin at Madison

University of Pittsburgh

Highlight: A trip to the Yasuni National Park.  We plan to record new Quichua origin stories and songs sung in response to the birds and animals we meet.  Last year we saw 5 species of monkeys, peccaries, macaws, toucans, and much more.

Academic Year Distance Quichua

Summer FLAS Fellowships  

The US Department of Education awards FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowships for the study of indigenous languages.   The Andes and Amazon Field School offers courses in 3 languages (Kichwa, Achuar and Wao Tededo)  which meet US Department of Education standards for FLAS language courses including:

•140 hours of instruction

•Over a period of 7 weeks

•Pre and post course testing assess progress toward the performance goals set forth in USDE IRIS testing instruments.

•Cost: $7500 (broken down as $5000 academic payment from the FLAS grant + $2500 board and room paid out of the stipend portion of the Fellowship).

•To be eligible for FLAS Fellowships applicants must be citizens or residents of the United States and enrolled in a graduate program (MA or PhD) of their choice.  Students from FLAS Granting Universities should apply for FLAS Fellowships through their home universities.  See FLAS granting institutions and application deadlines.


Students who are enrolled in non-FLAS granting institutions may apply through Florida International University or the University of Wisconsin at Madison.


(one of the Centers for Latin American Studies designated as FLAS granting National Resource Centers for Latin America listed below.

•Course held in a community where Kichwa is the dominant. 

•132 FLAS Fellows from 36 universities have attended to date.

•Instructor CV (Tod Swanson)

 List of FLAS granting Centers for Latin American Studies and application deadlines


Contact: Tod Swanson at; Phone 480 361-9289 to indicate interest in applying.

Program site address in Ecuador: Kilometro 11 Via Ahuano, Municipio de Tena, Provincia de Napo, Ecuador.  

Iyarina (Home of the Andes and Amazon Field School, by Jeff Swanson

Many of the resources on Amazonian language come from SIL/Wycliffe Bible Translators.  Here is the late Billy Graham on their motives 

Cordilleras of Ecuador

Flornoy, 1936 film Puyo and Canelos

Native Experts on Amazonian Culture and Environment. 


Key to our learning experience are the group of high quality native experts on the forest, story tellers and artists in residence at the field school throughout the summer.

Graduate Student Networking

Perhaps the best resource we have are our graduate students.  This is a chance to form lasting relationships with emerging leaders in the field of Amazonian Studies.

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