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Becoming Mapuche: Person and Ritual in Indigenous Chile

Magnus Course


This book blends convincing historical analysis with sophisticated contemporary theory in this ethnography of the Mapuche people of southern Chile. Based on many years of ethnographic fieldwork, the book takes readers to the indigenous reserves where many Mapuche have been forced to live since the beginning of the twentieth century. In addition to accounts of the intimacies of everyday kinship and friendship, the book also offers the first complete ethnographic analyses of the major social events of contemporary rural Mapuche life—eluwün funerals, the ritual sport of palin, and the great ngill ... More

Keywords: Mapuche people, southern Chile, indigenous reserves, Mapuche life, eluwün funerals, palin, fertility ritual, Mapudungun

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036477
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036477.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Magnus Course, author
University of Edinburgh

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