Calvin Redekop became intensely interested in Paraguay because of two personal friendships he formed at Goshen (Ind.) College: one with Willy Kaethler, a roommate from Paraguay who became a medical doctor in the Chaco; the other with Wilmar Stahl, a student assistant at the college who later led ASCIM, an Indian settlement program in Paraguay. Redekop spent 1971-72 researching Indian settlement, and has written about Paraguay and visited the country numerous times, most recently in January 2010. The development of Redekop’s article was funded in part by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization promoting understanding of the history, traditions, and ideas that shape our lives and build community.

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