Indigenous cultures in Latin America began to develop a rich tradition as early as two thousand years before the Christian era. These traditions led to the rise of highly complex civilizations. In certain places of Latin America, such as Guatemala, southern Mexico, and the Andean region of South America, indigenous cultures are still extant. In this course we will explore both the current realities of indigenous cultures in parts of Latin America, as well as pre-Columbian and colonial antecedents. The content of the course will vary, sometimes focusing more on historical background and at other times on contemporary conditions; at times the course may focus on a single indigenous tradition, and at others may provide a more panoramic perspective. Readings will be in Spanish. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: ILCS 206, ILCS260 or consent of the instructor.