Rimasun: Quechua Language Podcasts
Rimasun Production Team
Collaborative media projects have long been a source of interest for Rimasun producer Christine Mladic Janney. After earning degrees in studio photography and literature from the University of Illinois, Christine moved to Santiago de Chile to work with VEGlobal. There she developed OJOS nuevos, a participatory photography program for women living in youth shelters. It was this experience that inspired her to begin studying how photography enters and affects daily life. While pursuing an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at CLACS at NYU, Christine researched everyday photographic practices in Cusco, Peru, and studied the Quechua language supported by FLAS fellowships. From 2010-2012, as Program Coordinator at CLACS, she managed communications and helped support the Quechua language program. Christine began collaborating with NYC-area Quechua speakers, and published the first Rimasun podcast in September 2011. In the Fall 2012, she entered the PhD program in Anthropology at NYU, as well as the Program in Culture and Media, where she continues to investigate how Quechua-speakers incorporate photographic technologies into social and personal projects. Christine is also directing two short films about Quechua language speakers in New York City.
Assistant Producer (2014 - 2015)
Gladys Camacho is an MA student at CLACS, focusing on linguistics and social aspects of Quechua and other indigenous groups in the Andes. She is also interested in creating new materials for teaching Quechua language. She is a native Quechua speaker from the Anzaldo region in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She has a BA in Applied Linguistics from the Unviersity of San Simón in Bolivia. After pursuing two professional courses she wrote the novella “Phuyup Yawar Waqaynin,” which can be translated as “The Cloud’s Blood Red Tear.” In 2011, she taught Spanish in Lille, France. In Fall 2013, Gladys was a Visiting Scholar to the NYU Department of Linguistics, and became active with NYU Quechua outreach activities. Before coming back to New York for her MA, she taught Quechua at the “Quechua Indigenous University” in Chimoré, Bolivia. As a member of the Quechua Outreach Committee, she helps to produce and promote Quechua Night events and other initiatives.
Assistant Producer (2013 - 2014)
Charlie is a native of New York City and earned a BA in Latin American Studies at New York University where he also minored in Social and Public Policy in 2013. As the recipient of a 2012 Summer FLAS Charlie traveled to Cusco, Peru where he studied Intensive Quechua. As an undergraduate, Charlie completed all levels of Quechua language study offered at NYU. Currently, as the recipient of a 2013-2014 Academic Year FLAS, he is pursuing a Master's degree at CLACS and is the only student enrolled in an Advanced level Quechua course under Professor Odi Gonzales. In the summer of 2014 Charlie plans to travel to Ecuador and learn the northern variant of Quechua, Kichwa. He plans to utilize Kichwa to identify the needs and create resources for the local Kichwa speaking migrant community in New York City. He has been a member of the Runa Simi Outreach Committee (ROC) since its inception in 2011 and is currently an Assistant Producer for Rimasun, CLACS’s Quechua podcast series. He also currently works at CLACS as a Quechua Associate.
Assistant Producer (2013 - 2014)
Doris Loayza is a second year student in MA at CLACS, focusing on Andean and Quechua culture. She speaks Quechua from her native Ancash region in Peru, and is now studying Quechua Cuzqueño with Odi Gonzalez. She was a recipient of a Tinker Field Research Grant for her thesis research about radio programs in Quechua in the Ayacucho region of Peru, where young Quechua speakers are producing radio shows in their native language. Doris is a contributor editor to Peripheria, a multimedia magazine about Andean culture in Ancash, where she is expecting to start a digital archive of Quechua ancashino. As a member of the Quechua Outreach Committe, she helps produce and promote Quechua Night events. Doris also works as a freelance court interpreter of Quechua for Queens County Court. Doris also plays zampoña with the New York-based Andean music group Hijos de la Gran Puna!
Assistant Producer (2012 - 2013)
Emily Thompson graduated with a BA in Latin American and Latino/a Studies from Vassar College in 2009 with concentrations on social movements and visual anthropology. After graduating, Emily enrolled in an intensive digital video production program at UC Berkeley before traveling to Huancayo, Peru to study Quechua on the Cornelisen Fellowship for 10 months. Before returning to New York to pursue her Masters at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Emily worked for a non profit focused on promoting community engagement in the Bay Area, where she continued collaborative work through social media, digital video and photography initiatives. As a FLAS funded Quechua fellow at NYU Emily is researching the use of photography in memory projects in Peru as well as the rise of hip hop to reinvigorate the Quechua language across generations. Emily is excited about learning new media to explore and promote the Quechua language and culture here in the New York area as Rimasun celebrates its first anniversary this fall.
Call for Participants
We are always looking for Rimasun participants and for comments on the project. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rimasun — Quechua podcasts by CLACS at NYU is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.