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Reflections of the southern channels: photographs of the kaweskar at the end of the Nineteenth century.

Abstract in spanish

This work aims to present a set of photographs about the indigenous canoeros of the extreme south of America: the kaweskar or alacalufes, who have been subjected to the most humiliating qualifications and prejudices. These photographs reflect this pejorative vision and the alleged extreme environmental conditions to which they were subjected. The ships that used the route of the southern waters in their itinerary, made the crewmen obliged to witness the passage of the canoes and the evident physical and moral decadence of the natives. The alcohol, the tobacco and the misery they projected by being dressed in rags of clothing were directly responsible for this vision.


Keywords: photographs,indigenous,Kaweskar,Austral Canals.
Author: Christian Báez. Licenciado en Historia y Licenciado en Estética, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Egresado del Magister en Historia de América, Universidad de Santiago de Chile.
Received: January 15th, 2003, Accepted: July 08th, 2003
Revista Chilena de Antropología Visual - número 3 - Santiago, Julio 2003 - 132/142 pp.- ISSN 0718-876x. Rev. chil. antropol. vis.