The workshop introduces attendees to the complex issue of gang violence in Central America, helping them to contextualize it within the region’s history and current events—contextualizing the political, historical, and economic relationship between the US and Central America to explore the concepts of criminality, violence, immigration policy, imperialism, justice systems, and representation of these themes in art.
The workshop introduces attendees to the diverse demographics of Latin America and some of the different strategies and traditions for promoting health and wellbeing—highlighting Indigenous, African, and immigrant populations and explore how their traditions influence public policy and public health.
LACS, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, University Michigan 3D Lab, and various archaeological projects, has produced 3D models of Latin American artifacts including ancient Peruvian pottery. These freely downloadable models are available on our Sketchfab page; below you will find their accompanying lesson plans.
Lesson Plan: Chimu Monkey Bottle
This is a ceramic vessel made by the ancient Chimu culture which originated from the coast of Peru. Dating to ca. 1000-1532, this bottle was made using a 2-piece mold and then fired in a reduced atmosphere, resulting in its black surface.
Students will learn about
The Chimu Empire and the ancient Peruvian Andes
The importance of pottery in human history
Skills to be acquired:
Analysis of everyday objects to detect manufacture sequence
Inference of specialization and division of labor in production of artifacts
Content expectations for Michigan seventh grade: H1.2.1, H1.4.1, W2.1.3, G1.1.1, G1.2.3, G1.3.1, G1.3.2, G1.3.3, G2.1.1, G2.2.1
The LACS Quechua Resource Library is a collection of books, CDs, and DVDs pertaining to Quechua language and culture. We intend this resource to be utilized by instructors and students in courses with contents on Andean culture, history, and society. We are also building a collection of Nahuatl instruction materials. The database of this collection can be found HERE »