Wild vicuñas in Laguna Blanca National Park,
Argentina. Photo by Marcia Stephenson.
Marcia Stephenson, associate professor of
Spanish and Latin American/Latino Studies,
braces for a struggle while helping with
shearing at the White Violet Center for
Eco-Justice at St. Mary of the Woods
in Indiana. Photo courtesy of Marcia Stephenson.
to see firsthand the biological features that
befuddled Europeans. She says melding
the science with history and language
study makes for a more complete picture of
camelids’ impacts on societies and cultures
over several centuries.
“My research reveals a productive
dialogue between the sciences and the
humanities,” she says. “If you looked at the
history of extracting camelids from the Andes
and transporting them to Europe exclusively
from a scientific perspective, there is a lot
you’d miss, just as if you looked at this process
solely through a lens of history or any other
By Brian Wallheimer.