The regions and the people of the southern cone of South America
have been identified as wild and at the edge of the world. This
compilation of research by scholars, many of whom are members of
the Argentine Academia, effectively summarizes the struggle of the
Mapuche, Tehuelche, Rankuelche, and Selk'nam peoples for a
continued sense of cultural identity distinct from the one of
inferiority foisted upon them by Spanish conquerors centuries
The native peoples of Pampa, Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego on
Argentina's southern cone are shown to be a dynamic people whose
remarkable resilience and cultural survival has led them to a place
in contemporary politics. Research exploring important current
issues such as nationism and interethnic relations is included.
Chapters address the seizure of Indian lands by the Spanish,
selective policies of inclusion and exclusion, ethnocide and
paternalism. The atrocities and injustices committed against these
peoples reflect the experience of indigenous peoples all over the
world. However, even in the face of adversity, the Mapuche,
Tehuelche, Rankuelche, and Selk'nam peoples have maintained a sense
of cultural difference, and they play a vital role in the culture
and politics of the region.
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