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Professor Luis Cárcamo-Huechante Contributes to Landmark Mapuche Book Project

Posted: September 7, 2012
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LLILAS affiliate Luis Cárcamo-Huechante of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese is part of an interdisciplinary group of Mapuche scholars who have recently published a collectively edited book, Ta iñ fijke xipa rakizuameluwün. Historia, colonialismo y resistencia desde el país Mapuche. This collection of thirteen articles by fourteen Mapuche authors is the first of its kind to be conceived and produced wholly by Mapuche scholars.

The authors set out not only to address questions relating to the autonomy and historical perspectives of the Mapuche people, but also to manifest their determination to exercise that autonomy through the creation and production of this book. This wide-ranging compilation examines many dimensions of Mapuche history, relying upon the concept of colonialism as the axis of debate and reflection on historical, political, cultural, and territorial issues.

Two years ago, Professor Cárcamo-Huechante was invited by his fellow Mapuche colleagues Pablo Mariman, Herson Huinca, and Héctor Nahuelpan to undertake a collaborative research project on Mapuche history and culture and to collectively produce a publication solely by Mapuche scholars. First envisioned in 2009, this project brought together the fourteen Mapuche authors with a core team of nine editors, which became Ediciones Comunidad de Historia Mapuche. The authors and editors carried out an extensive campaign to finance the book, and, thanks to a UT Humanities Research Award, Professor Cárcamo-Huechante was able to remain in Chile during June and July to work with his Mapuche colleagues on the final stages of the book—which was published in late July.

Although the scholars come from different academic backgrounds, all shared the same desire to contribute to the reconstruction of Mapuche histories and memories, convinced that therein lies the potential for critical interrogation and what they call “a Mapuche intellectual and political uprising.” The authors are: Héctor Nahuelpan Moreno, Herson Huinca Piutrin, Pablo Mariman Quemenado, Luis Cárcamo-Huechante, Maribel Mora Curriao, José Quidel Lincoleo, Enrique Antileo Baeza, Felipe Curivil Bravo, Susana Huenul Colicoy, José Millalen Paillal,Margarita Calfio Montalva, Jimena Pichinao Huenchuleo, Elías Paillan Coñoepan, and Andrés Cuyul Soto.

Because of its nature as a collective publication, produced and edited exclusively by Mapuche authors, Ta iñ fijke xipa rakizuameluwün. Historia, colonialismo y resistencia desde el país Mapuche (Santiago: Ediciones de Historia Mapuche, 2012) constitutes an unprecedented event in the history of the book in Chile.

 

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