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Rewes, symbolic geographies and alienated territories. The ethnic photographs of rewes and the territorial claim of Mapuche in Neuquén, Argentina.

Abstract in spanish

In this paper we analyze a corpus of seven photographs of the mapuche world produced by several travelers along Patagonia from the late 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, with the aim of evaluating the visibility of the rewes in these images. We analyze certain characteristics of these photographed sacred structures (shape, raw material, location, persons and material culture associated) that relate to its materiality, its relationship with the territory and its link with the mapuche worldview. We want to reflect on the existing contrast between the connection established by the photographs of rewes with the mapuche worldview and sacredness and the current territorial usurpation suffered by the mapuche community Paichil Antriao o f Neuquén, whose rewe remains on land of private ownership. Thus, the presence of rewes in ancient photographs reveals his current absence in the traditional mapuche territories.

Keywords: Ethnic photographs,rewe,mapuche,territory,claim.
Author: Ana Butto. Profesora en Ciencias Antropológicas. Filiación institucional: Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)- Asociación de Investigaciones Antropológicas (AIA).
Received: April 17th, 2015, Accepted: December 16th, 2015
Revista Chilena de Antropología Visual - número 26 - Santiago, diciembre 2015 - 1/19 pp.- ISSN 0718-876x. Rev. chil. antropol. vis.