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Published in Nebraska Anthropologist Vol. 12 (1995-1996). Copyright © Emilia Gonzalez-Clements; published by The University of Nebraska-Lincoln AnthroGroup.


A five-week summer field school was conducted in the northern Sierra Oriental of northeast Mexico. Ten social science including anthropology) and one engineering student worked as a field team studying the impacts of new economic development initiatives on a rural ejido and participated in a small-scale irrigationlwater management project. The field school was directed by Emilia Gonzalez-Clements, applied anthropologist, and L. Davis Clements, Professor of Biological Sciences Engineering/Chemical Engineering/ Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Course requirements included a readings packet, field journal, 6-page paper and 2-page report. Paper topics were selected by students in areas of their professional interests. Students spent the first week on campus and then traveled to northeastern Mexico. The site was ejido Emilio Carranza located 34 kilometers from Los Rayon, Nuevo Leon, itself 2-1/2 hours from Monterrey via a new all-weather road. During the three weeks in the field students learned basic ethnographic techniques and were given opportunities for hands-on training. They were introduced to applied methods by assisting in the construction of a watercatchment/storage tank. Students returned to Lincoln in the fifth week and spent three days on campus to complete their topic paper and report.

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