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Research Projects at Iyarina


The following are projects carried out by graduate students and faculty working at Iyarina.   Many are not funded through Iyarina since they may be funded through the home universities but they give an idea of the work being carried out by researchers in residence at the sites. 

The Amazonian Social Relation to Nature: A Variable Pathways Digital Resource. CO-PIs Tod Swanson and Janis Nuckolls.   Arizona Institute for Humanities Research. 2020-21 


“Historical Ecology of Waorani Ridgetops, Ecuadorian Amazon”  National Geographic.  William Baleé, Tulane University,  Tod Swanson, Arizona State University, Maria Gabriela Zurita, Ikiam, Juan Ruiz, UNAP  Funded: 2019-2020. 


“Language for Sustainability: Sustaining Biodiversity and Bio-cultures through Indigenous Languages and Participatory Science.”  July, 2018-July, 2019. Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes.  Co-PIs David Manuel Navarrete and Tod Swanson.


Tod Swanson and Jarrad Reddekop, "Feeling with the Land: Llakichina and the Emotional Life of Relatedness in Amazonian Kichwa Thinking.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion.  In Press.


Nuckolls, J. B., & Swanson, T. D. (2020). Amazonian Quichua Language and Life: Introduction to Grammar, Ecology, and Discourse from Pastaza and Upper Napo, Ecuador (p. 279 pages). Lexington Books.


Christine Buzinde, David Manuel Navarrete and Tod D. Swanson, (2020). Co-producing sustainable solutions in indigenous communities through scientific tourism. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 28(9), Sep 1, 2020. 1255-1271. 


David Manuel Navarrete, Christine Buzinde, and Tod D. Swanson, Leveraging Transdisciplinarity for Knowledge Co-production with Indigenous Communities.  Under review at Ecology & Society.


Lisa Warren Carney received the University of Maryland's Distinguished Dissertation Award for her thesis on dreams:  "By the Authority of Dreams: Truth and Knowledge in Kichwa Muskuy Narratives." 

Tod Swanson, “Relatives of the Living Forest: The Philosophy Underlying Amazonian Quichua Ecological Action.” In Evan Berry and Robert Albro, editors, Churches and Cosmologies: Religion, Environment, and Social Conflict in Latin America.  New York: Routledge, 2018. 123-44.


Janis Nuckolls and Tod Swanson. “Respectable uncertainty and pathetic truth in Amazonian Quichua speaking culture.” Invited chapter to appear in: Martin Fortier and Joelle Proust (editors) Interdisciplinary Approaches to metacognitive diversity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp 170-192 (22 pages). June, 2018. 


Tod Swanson and Jarrad Reddekop, "Looking Like the Land: Beauty and Aesthetics in Quichua Philosophy and Practice." Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Volume 85, Issue 3, 1 September 2017, Pages 682–708, https://doi-org.ezprox- 


Janis Nuckolls, Diana Sun, Alexander Rice, and Sarah Hatton and Tod Swanson. “Lexicography in your face: the active semantics of Pastaza Quichua ideophones” Canadian Journal of Linguistics for a special issue entitled: “Structuring sensory imagery: ideophones across languages & cultures,” edited by: Solveiga Armoskaite and Päivi Koskinen, The Canadian Journal of Linguistics / La revue canadienne de linguistique 62(2), June/juin 2017, pp. 154-172. 


Janis Nuckolls, Tod Swanson and Belinda Ramirez-Spencer. “Demonstrative Deixis in two Dialects of Amazonian Quichua.” In Marilyn S. Manley and Antje Muntendam, Eds., Deixis in Phonology, Morphology and Syntax: Insights from Quechua. Brill, 2015, 75-100. 


Janis B. Nuckolls and Swanson, Tod D. (2014). "Earthy Concreteness and Anti- Hypotheticalism in Amazonian Quichua Discourse," Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America: Vol. 12: Iss. 1, Article 4, 48-60 Available at: 


Erin O’Rourke and Tod Swanson. “Tena Quichua. ” Journal of the International Phonetic Association. (2013) 43/1, 107-120. 


Tod D. Swanson.  “Singing to Estranged Relatives: Quichua Relations to Plants in the Ecuadorian Amazon.” Journal of Religion and Culture Vol. 3.1 (2009) 36-65. 


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A word cloud of topics

food  ceramics  chicha death love face painting. war sickness epidemics songs anger planting  clay privacy, water, rain thunder, wind, soil, trees, tears, pregnancy, blowing, breath, blood, ancestors, hair, sex, men, women, burial, gardens, seasons, night and day, directions, mountains, rivers, caves,

 The Land    


      Relatives who went away: Origins of other species


      Rivers and Rain

      Sky, Sun, Moon and Stars and Thunder

Human Language and the Languages of Nature

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