Kenyon Honduras Program Syllabus
This syllabus is TENTATIVE--please check with us before buying any books!
ANTH 330: Archaeological Methods
Sullivan, P. 1989. Unfinished Conversations: Maya and Foreigners between Two Wars. A. A. Knopf Publishers.
Ashmore, W. and R. Sharer. 2000. Discovering Our Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology. McGraw Hill Companies.
ANTH 336: Fieldwork in Anthropology
ANTH 345: Ethnicity in Central America
Coe, Michael E. 1999. The Maya, 6th ed. Thames & Hudson.
Bejamin, Medea (ed. and trans.). 1997. Don't Be Afraid Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart, The Story of Elvia Alvarado. Perennial Press.
Carlsen, Robert. 1997. The War for the Heart and Soul of a Highland Maya Town. University of Texas Press.
Kerns, Victoria. 1997. Women and the Ancestors: Black Carib Kinship and Ritual, 2nd ed. University of Illinois Press.
Gonzalez, Nancie. 1992. Dollar, Dove, and Eagle: One Hundred Years of Palestinian Migration to Honduras. University of Michigan Press.
McClusky, Laura. 2001. Here Our Culture Is Hard: Stories of Domestic Violence from a Mayan Community in Belize. University of Texas Press.
ANTH 464 Methods in Cultural Anthropology
Woolcott, Harry. 1999. Ethnography: A Way of Seeing. Altamira Press.
HIST 492: History of Central America
Booth, John A., and Thomas W. Walker. 1999. Understanding Central America, 3rd edition. Westview Press.
Stonich, Susan. 2000. The Other Side of Paradise: Tourism, Conservation, and Development in the Bay Islands. Cognizant Communication Corp.
Zur, Judith. 1998. Violent Memories: Maya War Widows in Guatemala. Westview Press.
Stephen, Lynn. 1994. Hear My Testimony: The Story of Maria Teresa Tula, Human Rights Activist of El Salvador. South End Press.
For all classes, additional materials will be provided in the field.
Please note: It is in your best interest to read as many of the books as possible prior to arrival. You should pay particular attention to the Sullivan, Ashmore and Sharer, Wolcott, and Booth and Walker texts as these are fundamental to your first 3 weeks of classes in Pueblo Nuevo. Benjamin will be covered early on and should also receive early attention. You will often be too busy, and sometimes too tired, to devote much attention to reading once field work starts in early February, so bore yourself silly before arriving by doing the readings!! And, if you don't believe us, ask the former students!!!
Syllabus : Kenyon-Honduras Program, 2012
Arrive Honduras, Settling in
Read the airline magazines and signs in airports.
History: Early Colonial--Booth and Walker, pp. 20-23
Archaeology--Maya--Coe, Chapters 1-2
Ethnographic Methods--Woolcott, Chapter 1-2; Activity: Freelisting
History: Late Colonial--None
Archaeology--methods--Sullivan, Chapters 1-3
Archaeology--Maya--Coe, Chapter 3
Ethnographic Methods--Woolcott, Chapter 3-4; Activity: Thick Description
History: 19th century--Booth and Walker, pp. 24-31
Archaeology--Sullivan, Chapters 4-7; Coe, Chapter 4
Ethnographic Methods--Woolcott, Chapter 5, pp. 131-144; Activity: The Tienda
History--Booth and Walker Chapters 1, 2, 5
Ethnographic Methods--Woolcott, pp. 144-end, Chapter 7; Activity: Discussing "The Tienda"
Archaeology--Methods--Sullivan, Chapter 8-end
Archaeology--Maya--Coe, Chapter 5
History--Booth and Walker, pp. 31-35, 51-55
Archaeology--Maya--Coe, Chapter 9; Review of Cacaulapa region research
Ethnographic Methods--Woolcott, Chapter 8-9; Activity: Scavenger Hunt
R&R--Movies and/or sleeping in
Cultures of Central America--Don't Be Afraid Gringo (all; evening class)
Ethnographic Methods--Woolcott, Chapters 10-11; Activity: Cognitive Map
Archaeology--Maya--Coe, Chapter 6
Site Tour of El Coyote (afternoon)
Archaeology--Maya--Coe, Chapters 7 and 8
Cultures of Central America--What are Race and Ethnicity?; Coe, Chapter 10
Ethnographic Methods--Activity: Lunch and Observation; Discussing this Adventure (late afternoon)
Cultures of Central America--Kerns, Chapters 1-6
Archaeology--Review of the Project Handbook
Cultures of Central America--Kerns, Chapters 7-Afterword
Archaeology--Continued Review of the Project Handbook
Ethnographic Methods--Discussion and Review
Field trip to San Pedro Sula--Tour of museums and acclimation to the city
January 21-February 1
Intensive language instruction, includes home stays; location TBA
Return to Pueblo Nuevo
Cultures of Central America--Gonzalez (all; evening class)
In the Field During the Morning--Ashmore and Sharer, Chapters 1, 2
Lab Procedures and Why They Must Never be Violated
In the Field During the Morning--Ashmore and Sharer, Chapters 3, 4
In the Field During the Morning--Ashmore and Sharer, Chapters 5, 6
In the Field During the Morning--Ashmore and Sharer, Chapters 7, 8
In the Field During the Morning--Ashmore and Sharer, Chapters 9, 10
History--Stonich (all; evening class)
Full Field Days from Here On Out
North Coast field trip--Fort at Omoa
History--Booth and Walker, Chapters 6-9 (evening class)
February 29-March 2
Copan field trip
Go away on vacation--be back in Pueblo Nuevo by dinner on Sunday, March 16.
Holy Week and Easter activities in Petoa and Pueblo Nueva
History--Stephen and Tula (all; evening class)
Field Trip to the Archaeological Site of Los Naranjos and Pulhupanzak
Cultures of Central America--McClusky (all; evening class)
Cultures of Central America--Carlsen (all, evening class)
Cultures of Central America--Zur (all, evening class)
History--Booth and Walker Chapters 10-11 (evening class)
Field Trip to Guatemala
Students Return to the United States