Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Ta Iñ Fijke Xipa Rakizuameluwün - Historia, colonialismo y resistencia desde el país Mapuche

Tue, August 28, 2012

Professor Luis E. Cárcamo-Huechante, along with an interdisciplinary group of Mapuche scholars, has recently published a collectively edited book, Ta iñ fijke xipa rakizuameluwün. Historia, colonialismo y resistencia desde el país Mapuche (Santiago: Ediciones de Historia Mapuche, 2012). This book is a collection of 13 articles by 14 Mapuche authors, all of whom 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.  Over the course of 13 articles, the authors of this wide-ranging compilation examine 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 (Associate Professor at UT Austin) was invited by his fellow Mapuche colleagues Pablo Mariman, Herson Huinca and Héctor Nahuelpan to undertake a collaborative research path on Mapuche history and culture, and to collectively create a core editorial team in order to produce a publication by only Mapuche scholars. This process ended bringing together 14 Mapuche authors, with a core team of 9 editors.  This Mapuche collective constituted itself under the editorial identity of Ediciones Comunidad de Historia Mapuche, and it was first envisioned in 2009. After a year and a half of difficult and sustained collective labor, has the planned volume come to light. The authors and editors carried out a long subscription campaign to enable the financing of the book. Thanks to a UT Humanities Research Award, Professor Cárcamo-Huechante was able to stay in Chile during June and July and join his Mapuche colleagues there to work together on the final stages of  the book production—which came out in print in late July.

 This publication is the product of the work carried out by a heterogeneous group of Mapuche scholars who came into the project with different life experiences and family histories and with academic backgrounds in different fields of concentration. All the authors, however, share the 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 constitutes an unprecedented event in the history of the book in Chile.

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