Hunter Guthrie came to Western not sure what he had gotten himself into. After a difficult start to his college career at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, during which time he lost four boyhood friends in one awful car accident, Hunter looked to the Rockies for a new place to call home, and to start over.
Not only did he find a place to hike, rock climb and snowboard in the Gunnison mountains, but he found so many academic interests that he had a hard time settling on a major. Eventually he chose to major in Anthropology, with a double minor in Geography as well as Latin American Studies.
Along the way he worked as a peer mentor on campus, a Research Assistant in the Geography program, supervised the Rec Center climbing wall, participated in the Anthropology Club, filmed a movie about San Luis, Colorado as his senior project, and attended two anthropology field schools: David Hyde’s archaeology field school in Belize, and Quetzil Castaneda’s Yucatan, Mexico field school focusing on Maya medicine and traditional healing. Because of his desire to continue to learn and grow, he applied to graduate school at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.
He was accepted and given a full-ride scholarship to study under Patrick Wilson, an accomplished Latin Americanist. Working as part of a research team, Hunter will be studying indigenous social movements and development in Ecuador and Bolivia.