Based on her first-hand experiences in the Andes, as an anthropology professor at Malaspina University College, Inge Bolin published, Rituals of Respect: The Secrets of Survival in the High Peruvian Andes (University of Texas Press, 1998)

Born in Germany, Bolin has studied and worked in Germany, Scotland, Switzerland, France, Spain, Belize, Guatemala, Singapore, Indonesia, Peru, and the US. As an airline hostess with Lufthansa she also experienced many other parts of the world. She has made her home in Canada since 1969 and in BC since 1989 when she came to Nanaimo to teach Anthropology at Malaspina College, now Vancouver Island University. She holds certificates and degrees through to the PHD and speaks German, English, Spanish, French, some Mandarin Chinese and some Quechua and writes in the first four languages.

For more than 30 years, Bolin has done ethnographic research and volunteer work in villages in Indonesia, Central America, then in the jungles of the Amazon and in highland Peru where in 1992 she founded a Peruvian NGO "Yachaq Runa" that deals with Andean Medicine, Nutrition and Ecology. This organization consists of volunteers ranging from native healers to physicians, dentists and scientists. They carry out health campaigns in villages within the highest regions of the Peruvian Andes. They also cooperate with the indigenous population in the establishment of schools, health stations, solar lighting, solar hot water, greenhouses, drinking water, irrigation and reforestation projects, etc.

In addition to her academic awards, Bolin was honoured with the Circle of Courage Award from Reclaiming Youth International in 2009. In 1999 she was given the Medalla de la Ciudad de Urubamba and was declared Huesped Ilustre de Urubamba, Peru. In 1988 she received an award for her cooperation on life-sustaining projects in the community of Yanahuara, Peru. She has received funding over the years for her projects in Peru from the German Red Cross and the Landkreis Böblingen in Germany.

Her first novel, When Condors Call (Inge Bolin, 2010) follows a young physician from the Peruvian Andes in search of a cure for leishmaniasis, a disfiguring disease.

Bolin returned to some of the highest inhabitable regions of the Andes to do research for a forthcoming new book to be called Thirst in the Andes - Climate Change and Solutions for Survival. Her 2016 stay in Peru enabled her to discover that, due to climate change, the disfiguring and deadly disease Leishmaniasis, which is at the center of her novel, is on the increase and has reached epidemic proportions in some regions. While calling attention to the Zika virus, Doctors without Borders also cited Leishmaniasis as one of the most dangerous and neglected tropical diseases.



When Condors Call - A Novel of Peru (Nanaimo: Chaska Publications, 2010)

Non Fiction:

Growing Up in a Culture of Respect - Child Rearing in Highland Peru (University of Texas Press, 2006)

Rituals of Respect -The Secret of Survival in the High Peruvian Andes (University of Texas Press, 1998)

Literary Comments on:

Rituals of Respect: "Bolin makes this story accessible to a more general reader, with an almost novelistic eye for detail and without sacrificing scholarly depth. Both experts and lay readers can be pleased with the result." (Johnny Payne of Northwestern University. Founder and Director, Summer Intensive Program in Andean Studies in Cusco.

Growing up in a Culture of Respect: "This is a wonderful book, a brilliant book, one that explains Andean culture in a totally unique and fascinating way. (Thomas M. Davies, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Latin American History and Director Emeritus, Center for Latin American Studies, San Diego State University).

"Societal changes have consequences, and how a people choose to raise their children reveals much about their values and spirit of place. Andean children are fully entwined in a network of reciprocal obligations, thereby discovering the meaning of being human. It is this culture of respect that Inge Bolin reveals in this splendid and original book." (Wade Davis, author and Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society).

[BCBW 2016] "Anthropology"