Art Literacy Essay

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Hybrid Literacies: The case of a quecha community in Andes I found it fascinating to see how cultures adapt to colonization. Accepting the reality of having to learn Spanish, the people tenaciously held onto their own language at the same time. It was also interesting to see how they were able to blend religion into literacy practices. I found it extremely interesting that, in the ritual of” linderaje”, the people created a hybrid textual practice, as they use bodies to map the community and then they write it down. All Saint’s day is a textual practice through which the livings meet dead and renew the relationship. They use alphabetic literacy through making lists, decorating tombs, rewriting the names on tombs etc. They have different literacy practices during marriage also as they note down name of the guests and their contributions. Thus they keep record. Theoretical lens of this article is new literacy perspective. Author tried to identify some informal literacy habits of quecha community which are associated with prints broadly. Method of this ethnographic research was based on participant-observation, field study notes etc. Researcher stayed there for 18 months to collect data from different places like churches, religious festivals, rituals, agricultural work etc. Events were audiotaped and videotaped. The goal of the research was to broaden official definitions of literacy among indigenous communities. These textual practices were essential to them for the maintenance of harmonic reciprocal relationships with their world. This community challenges the narrow views of literacy; they include diverse media of communication in their literacy. Reference Piedra, M. T(2009) Hybrid literacies: The Case of a quecha community in the Andes. Anthropology and Education
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