Associate Researcher, American Museum of Natural History
Dr. Hewlett joined the department as an Associate Research Professor this year after completing his studies at the University of St Andrews. He has carried out research and collaborative projects with Amahuacga people in the province of Atalaya in the Peruvian Amazon since 2009. In 2015 he collaborated with an Amahuacga bilingual school teacher to build an Indigenous Cultural Heritage Center in their largest community. He is currently working on a documentary film, which focuses on the Cultural Heritage Center,
called ‘Amahuaca: Building the Future’. His interests include history, the socio-political dynamics of communities, political anthropology and intercultural collaboration. He is also working to complete his book, which is based on his engagement with both Amahuacga people and those with whom they have interacted over the past 60 years, including missionaries, anthropologists, government officials and NGOs.
Selected Research & Funding
Wenner-Gren Fejos Postdotoral Fellowship in Ethnographic Film for the documentary film project 'Amahuaca: Building the Future' in collaboration with Fernando Valdivia of TeleAndes Productions
Wenner-Gren Foundation Engaged Anthropology Grant for the project, “Amahuaca Cultural Heritage Centre: Anthropological Engagement with Amahuaca People in the Past,Present and Future”.
Wenner-Gren Foundation Historical Archives Program Grant for project with Emeritus Professor Joanna Overing at the University of St Andrews
Legs Lelong Research Fund. Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (France).
Wenner-Gren Foundation. Dissertation Fieldwork Grant.