“By reviewing colonial, archaeological, ethnographic, and academic sources, I hoped to shed light on unanswered questions regarding the historic use and management of resources in the Andean highlands.”
Guerrero’s independent study project explores the connection between the recent discovery of 300-year-old animal traps in the Andean altiplano, known in Quechua as chaccus, the vicuña wool economy, and the decline of the vicuña population during the colonial and post-colonial eras. Using library databases such as eHRAF World Cultures, Guerrero studied first-hand accounts from the colonial era, contemporary ethnographies, and journals across multiple disciplines.
In Her Own Words
Read Isabelle’s reflective essay from her Lang Prize application.