June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Community Engagement Division
The Mbyá Guaraní is an indigenous community in South America primarily located in the Province of Misiones in Argentina. The Mbyá Guaraní communities are known for its subsistence practices since the times of the Jesuit missions in South America. Some of these practices include the cultivation of corn, manioc, peanut, squash, watermelon, and beans among others. The communities have also thrived in this area due to their hunting, fishing, gathering, and handcrafting practices. Moreover, these communities have accumulated and culturally developed bodies of cultural, social, historical, and cognitive knowledge and skills that are essential for their household and individual functioning and well-being.
Following my line of research on funds of knowledge and literacy practices in engineering, this study focuses on the cultural and social practices of the Misiones Mbyá Guaraní people and how these relate to engineering. To date, there has been little discussion on how indigenous knowledge can be the basis of engineering practices that are not traditionally recognized in the engineering curriculum. The purpose of this study is to generate knowledge on how native engineering practices (indigenous engineering) are enacted, and use this body of knowledge to describe how non-Western ways of knowing, doing, and being also have a place in engineering discourse. This study seeks to bring together, honor, and incorporate the voices, histories, practices, and emic perspectives of indigenous communities to the engineering classroom, and to evaluate the knowledge/power nexus when engaging in community engagement projects with indigenous communities.
This paper is part of the session titled "Engineers and Communities: Critical reflections of challenges, opportunities and practices of engaging each other" planned for this division.
Mejia, J. A., & de Paula, M. N. (2019, June), "Ingeniero como vos": An analysis of the Mbyá-Guaraní Practices Associated with Engineering Design Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/31921
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