For Watanabe’s Students, New Zealand Is Full of Lessons


Associate Professor of Anthropology John Watanabe, who studies the Maya peoples of Guatemala and Mexico, has been traveling to a venue outside of his specialty area to shepherd Dartmouth undergraduates through the cultural landscape of New Zealand.

While previously a stranger to this part of the world, Watanabe has found it to be a good venue for a Foreign Studies Program (FSP). He has led groups there for four of the program’s 11 years during Dartmouth’s winter term.

“One of the things the students learn is that a place may not be as it seems. What initially appears familiar, with time may indeed seem strange,” says Associate Professor of Anthropology John Watanabe. (Photo by John Tansey)