Astronomy targets are not visible all year long, so I needed to apply for telescope time every couple of months to get observations of my targets. I was able to stay longer and collaborate in person at the Institute of Astronomy because of the Mitacs Globalink Award.
Yet people from the village of Valnur in Kodagu (Coorg district) took the sight in stride, affectionately dubbing us the “fish women” and inviting us into their homes for lunch and their temples for festivals.
In discussions with my supervisor, I learned about the deep cultural histories of the Himalayan region, and aimed to bring together my interest in visual anthropology with a field-based ethnographic study of a social phenomenon.
My research showed that this particular village is being negatively affected by factors like lack of fishing space, reduction in daily income, conflict with a nearby village, and lack of communication between fisher villages.
As a law student at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Mexico, Wendy has learned much about the profound differences between nations regarding access to basic resources, issues of discrimination, and justice for human rights violations.