ARCC project member Anna Shoemaker recently joined Jan Bender Shetler and Jonathon Schramm on an excursion around western Serengeti. Shetler is a professor of history at Goshen College who has enjoyed a long career researching oral traditions, social identity, landscape and gendered memory and environmental history in the Mara region. Jonathon Schramm is an associate professor of sustainability with a background in landscape ecology. Shetler and Schramm are currently co-ordinating Goshen’s international education program (Study-Service Trimester) in Tanzania.
As part of her post-doctoral research with the ARCC project, Anna Shoemaker is re-visiting some of the 19th century habitation sites documented by Shetler during her time in the Mara region. This trip was a unique opportunity to share archaeological, historical and ecological insights while travelling through this incredibly environmentally, economically and culturally diverse landscape.
The ARCC project hopes to collaborate with Shetler in creating the Mara Cultural Heritage Digital Library which will make primary sources from her research in the Mara Region (including audio, video, text and visual resources) available to local residents as well as scholars anywhere in the world.