Dana Blair joins the Threads of Peru team with years of experience studying and traveling throughout South America. Recently having graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in May 2012, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and History, disciplines that have allowed her to indulge and expand upon her interest in sustainable development and indigenous heritage in Latin America. Before taking up residence in Cusco, her travels included six months studying International Relations in São Paulo, Brazil, pioneering research on traditional ceramics making in the Bahian Recôncavo, Brazil and working as a field research assistant at the Chavín de Huantar archaeological site in the state of Ancash, Peru.
Dana deeply shares the values embodied in the work done by Threads of Peru and is thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of this important project. For sustainable, and more importantly, equitable development to happen, it must begin with the infrastructure already in place. Her work in Peru taught her that the ingenuity and master craftsmanship of Peruvian artisans are the building blocks. All that was lacking were resources and a few bright minds. By providing and developing those resources, she is motivated by her strong belief that we can achieve sustainable growth in Peru without having to leave behind its vibrant cultural heritage.
Setting off on a four-day trek deep into the Mapacho River Valley to oversee natural dye workshops only two days after arriving in Cusco, Dana is confident in her ability to hit the ground running as the new TOP Project Coordinator. She sends her saludos to family and friends, especially in her hometown of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, from her new “home” in Peru!