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Scholarship of Discovery; Scholarship of Interdisciplinary Integration; Scholarship of Faith Integration


The condition of native culture and the natural environment in Ecuador
today were investigated through library research, firsthand observation, and
in-country interviews conducted in the context of a study abroad experience.
Twenty individuals including native Ecuadorians, missionaries working with
indigenous tribes, field station representatives, and an oil company employee
were interviewed and their responses recorded. It was found that the
presence of foreign and national oil companies and Christian missionaries in
Ecuador had a noticeable impact on both the native culture and natural
environment of Ecuador. The native culture of Ecuador is in a state of
transition between traditional and modern lifestyles. While the native people
recognize this upheaval,they unexpectedly do not appear to be making an
effort to preserve their traditional ways. The natural environment of Ecuador
has sustained much damage during this cultural transition period and time of
oil exploration, but efforts are now being made to restore and preserve this
biologically rich area.


Honors Capstone Project completed in 2011 for Olivet Nazarene University.