Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
Johns Hopkins University
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The Secoya are a small ethnic group of about 600 with a distinct language and settlement along the Aguarico River in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. The purpose of my research was to characterize the cultural transition from traditional medicine to Western medicine in the context of oil industry development in the Amazon. In addition to researching oil industry development in Ecuador, I stayed with the Secoya and conducted interviews with key members of the community to document my findings.