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On the Trail of an Oral Tradition

With a backpack and an academic mission, Marisabel Rey ’19 spent a summer in the highlands of Peru, her homeland, exploring the oral storytelling tradition of the region. The stories inspired her own collection of poetry, photos and drawings.

The project, she says, is “an exploration of expression through different forms of art ­– written and visual language.” It reflects her personal and academic interests; Rey is an art and literature major. A grant from Hamilton funded the summer research.

Rey saw the experience as a way to develop the maturity of her creative voice. And traveling on her own was enlightening, increasing her sense of independence and freedom.

“I feel more comfortable and capable of doing big-scale projects on my own,” she says.

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