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Becoming MapuchePerson and Ritual in Indigenous Chile$
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Magnus Course

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036477

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036477.001.0001

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(p.161) Conclusions
Becoming Mapuche

Magnus Course

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter argues that one of the key challenges facing rural Mapuche people is maintaining individual autonomy while entering into various kinds of social relations with others. It is in the very act of creating oneself as che, as a true person, that one runs the greatest risk of losing oneself, of slipping from being the autonomous author of one's own person to being the product of somebody else's intention. Mapuche life is therefore about the maintenance of a delicate balance, the careful judging of social relationships, a fulfillment of the need to enter into sociality enough to be a true person but not so much that one's self disappears in the process.

Keywords:   rural Mapuche people, rural people, individual autonomy, social relations, che, true person, Mapuche life, sociality

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