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Finding Cholita summary

Finding Cholita summary - Introduction 1970s.'s...

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Introduction: Finding Cholita  is a fictionalized ethnography of the Ayacucho  region of Peru covering a thirty-year period beginning in the  1970s. It is a story of human tragedy resulting from the region's  long history of discrimination, class oppression, and the rise and  fall of the communist organization Shining Path. American anthropologist Dr. Alice Woodsley works in remote,  Quechua-speaking Ayacucho villages in Peru. Vibrant and given  to intensive questioning, she attempts to locate her  goddaughter, Cholita, who is known to have joined Shining Path  and to have murdered her biological father, who fathered her  through rape. Woodsley learns through the people she meets  and newspaper accounts about the emergence of Shining Path,  its increasingly violent and cultlike tactics, and the equally  violent response of government counterinsurgency forces. Woodsley devotes herself to documenting the stories of the countless Andean peasant  women who were raped by soldiers. Her involvement goes beyond witnessing, as she  therapeutically ministers to the women to relieve the pain of their sexual horror.  Transcending the boundaries of fiction, memoir, and ethnography,  Finding Cholita  is an  exceptional story of survival and redemption in the Andes. Overview of events that take place Cholita is a bastard child to her raped mother Juana o Romulo is portrayed as a monster, who treats Cholita as a rat, IE sits on the floor under the table during dinner Alice Woodsley is an anthropologist living there and is the godmother to Cholita
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