The article analyses the perceptions of natives of a rural community on their territory in the region of the Lavalle Desert (Mendoza Province, Argentina). Framed in an ethnic (re)articulation process, the dispute for identity recognition as well as for the land historically occupied, promotes a (re)signification process in the local people of their past. Thus, the appropriation modes of territory and meanings of community are also revisited. The use of the photo elicitation technique based on images produced by local participants, allowed to identify the attributed significance to the natural and cultural space, the social practices and the community in the production of meanings of territory. Either the self-valuation of territorial knowledge in space and time, as well as the positive inversion of the term desert as a stigma, intervene in the positive reaffirmation of their identity and the legitimacy of their claims.
Territory and identity in the glance of its inhabitants. Contributions of photo elicitation to the approach of the Huarpe ethnic production in Mendoza (Argentina) .Abstract in spanish
Keywords: territory,indigenous identity,Images,photo elicitation.
Author: Beatriz Nussbaumer. CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones en Ciencia y Técnica) y Facultad de Agronomía de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Author: Carlos Cowan Ros. CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones en Ciencia y Técnica) y Facultad de Agronomía de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Received: March 05th, 2013, Accepted: December 07th, 2013
Revista Chilena de Antropología Visual - número 22 - Santiago, diciembre 2013 - 115/147 pp.- ISSN 0718-876x. Rev. chil. antropol. vis.