Program on Pilgrimage Features Anthropologist Zoila Mendoza

On June 28, the special program "Sacred Travel: The Pilgrimage Experience" will feature Zoila Mendoza, a professor of native American studies and an affiliate of the anthropology graduate group at UC Davis and the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas. Those interested can also submit questions in writing or on video beforehand.

This Global Spirit program, airing on June 28 from 6-9 p.m., follows the actual experience of pilgrimage with host Phil Cousineau journeying with the Global Spirit team to ancient pilgrimage sites in India. This program brings together Mendoza and acclaimed writer Pico Iyer.

The program will feature Mendoza's new documentary "The Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Lord of Qoyllur Rit’i: The Walk Experience." The film includes unique footage of an indigenous pilgrimage in the Peruvian Andes.

"What is unique about this program," said Mendoza, "is that it explores the experience of pilgrimage across cultures and religions highlighting how this experience can teach us much about common threads among human/social beings around the world."

Mendoza’s work has focused on the study of festivals, music and dance in the Peruvian highlands and among Andean migrants in the nation’s capital. A daughter of Andean migrants herself, she has dedicated her career to scrutinizing the complexities and relevance of such practices, crucial for understanding Andean society and Peru at large.

Learn more about Zoila Mendoza.

For more information about the program or participating, visit Global Spirit.