During July and August of 2014, Dr. Karin Friederic supervised the work (and play) of Ty Kraniak (Senior, Anthropology major) and Bennett Heine (Junior, Anthropology major) at her long-time fieldsite in rural Northwest Ecuador. While Dr. Friederic conducted pilot research for her current project and intervention on family relations and intimate partner violence funded by Feminist Review Trust, Ty Kraniak (funded by a Richter Scholarship) investigated the effects of cell phone communication on access to health center services and programming. Bennett Heine, supported by the Anthropology Department’s Bagel Fund, lent his support to the community by improving health center facilities, painting the community library, and developing health education materials.
In addition to individual projects, together they participated in medical brigades with health center staff, took jungle treks and swam in beautiful waterfalls at the Bilsa Biological Station, and they learned survivalist cooking techniques, like cooking rice in bamboo stalks and plantain patties over open fires (all pictured here). Above all, they partnered with local friends and colleagues to improve community health and healthcare through plenty of hard work and lots of laughter.