As soon as I began my fieldwork in Guyana in July of 2014, I started to hear hushed discussions and whispered warnings about something the locals were calling “the sickness.” While I assumed that they were referencing something like malaria or the flu, I soon discovered how wrong I was. “The sickness,” sometimes mentioned explicitly… Read more →
Dr. Courtney Stafford-Walter recently completed her PhD at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She conducted her fieldwork in Southern Guyana, focusing on boarding schools and indigenous education more broadly. Her work highlights the continued centrality of kinship, sociality and the (re)production of gendered personhood in everyday Amerindian lives, while simultaneously indicating how rapidly changing social dynamics, increased migration, and shifts in family and community structure are being navigated by indigenous youth.