Ethnoarts activities and goals for Caitlyn’s Internship

Brian Schrag


Caitlyn’s internship in Guatemala will last approximately two years. Its primary function is to provide Caitlyn the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills that she has gained in her training to ethnolinguistic communities in the Atitlán area, with the guidance and support of mentors. Her primary focus will be with Kaqchikel people, also exploring Tzutujil social, artistic, and community goals when helpful. After a successful internship, Caitlyn will be fully competent to work as an Arts Specialist with SIL; subsequent assignments and plans for professional development will be chosen in consultation with God and his primary partners in this work: Caitlyn, Viña, Kaqchikel and Tzutujil community members, SIL Americas Area, and SIL’s International Ethnoarts staff.

Caitlyn’s support and guidance team consists of

  • Ed. Overall coordination and supervision
  • José. Local coordination, supervise Viña activities
  • Sarah. Friendship and connections to Kaqchikel communities
  • Pam. Supervise Language and Culture Learning activities.
  • Brian. Supervise Ethnoarts activities

 We will set goals and communication schedules together. Everyone wants to help Caitlyn thrive in every area of her life during the internship.

How to know Caitlyn is succeeding during and after the internship

This internship consists of three central work-related components: Language and Culture Learning; Ethnoarts; and tasks with Viña. Undergirding all of this is Caitlyn’s physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual health. This document primarily addresses ethnoarts components, which need to coordinate with other activities and goals. We will know that Caitlyn is succeeding in her ethnoarts work by reflecting in two ways:

1. Connection to overarching goals. First, we will evaluate her work by its contribution to these overarching goals: a) growing, interdependent, comfortable relationships with Kaqchikel (and Tzutujil) people; b) increasing knowledge of and appreciation for Kaqchikel arts by Caitlyn, families and others in the area, local and regional churches, and others; c) increasing number and quality of actions that connect Kaqchikel artistic genres with increasing signs of God’s kingdom in the Kaqchikel population and churches; d) integration of ethnoarts activities into other elements of the internship, such as Language and Culture Learning.

2. Completion of ethnoarts activities and their products. Second, we will assess and guide Caitlyn’s ethnoarts performance by her completion of particular tasks and products, mostly emerging from activities in Creating Local Arts Together: A Manual to Help Communities Reach Their Kingdom Goals. Caitlyn will devote her ethnoarts time to the documentation of and participation in as many local ethnolinguistic artistic genre enactments at a basic level as possible, and more in depth documentation of and familiarity with a few genres. Her capstone activity will be initiation of an exploratory Creating Local Arts Together project, going through all seven steps of the CLAT process. She will add what she learns to a Community Arts Profile (CAP) dedicated to a Kaqchikel community. The table below identifies related activities defined in the CLAT Manual.

Learning about Kakchiquel local arts and goals


CLAT resource(s)

These activities are mostly about research and making relationships.

Develop an initial list of artistic genres in the community. Manual Step 1
Video, audio record several enactments of at least one genre, taking notes and creating metadata to keep track of your recordings. Manual Steps 1, 4
Identify elements of one of the genres that you’d like to understand better, and design and implement analytical recordings to allow analysis of those elements. Elements could include texts of songs, woven materials, dance movements, gestures in storytelling, and so on. Manual Step 4A, 4B
Research and analyze one genre according to its social dynamics in the community. This is ethnographic research. Manual Step 4C

This activity allows Caitlyn to test the whole research and co-creation process. 

Perform an exploratory CLAT project. Manual Steps 1 - 7