Melissa Leonard, M.A., Resource Development Officer (X.704)

July 24, 2016

Question: Red or Green? Answer: Always green.

Question: What is one unusual fact about yourself?

Answer: I’ve studied two different dialects of Quechua, an indigenous language spoken primarily in Andean regions of South America. One of these dialects is spoken only in the Callejón de Huaylas, a stretch of about 93 miles situated between the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Negra in the northern Andes of Peru. Although I don’t speak it very well without my notebook at the ready, having spent two months in the region studying a dialect so few people are exposed to was certainly an unusual and rewarding experience.

Photo Credit: Loren Bunjes