Until now, very little about the recent history of the Mapuche, Chile's largest indigenous group, has been available to English-language readers. "Courage Tastes of Blood" helps to rectify this situation. It tells the story of one Mapuche community ...
- Nicolas Ailio, located in the south of the country - across the entire twentieth century, from its founding in the resettlement process that followed the military defeat of the Mapuche by the Chilean state at the end of the nineteenth century. Florencia E. Mallon places oral histories gathered from community members over an extended period of time in the 1990s in dialogue with one another and with her research in national and regional archives.Taking seriously the often quite divergent subjectivities and political visions of the community's members, Mallon presents an innovative historical narrative, one that reflects a mutual collaboration between herself and the residents of Nicolas Ailio. Mallon recounts the land usurpation Nicolas Ailio endured in the first decades of the twentieth century and the community's ongoing struggle for restitution.Facing extreme poverty and inspired by the agrarian mobilizations of the 1960s, some community members participated in the agrarian reform under the government of socialist president Salvador Allende. With the military coup of 1973, they suffered repression and desperate impoverishment. Out of this turbulent period the Mapuche revitalization movement was born. What began as an effort to protest the privatization of community lands under the military dictatorship evolved into a broad movement for cultural and political recognition that continues to the present day. By providing the historical and local context for the emergence of the Mapuche revitalization movement, "Courage Tastes of Blood" offers a distinctive perspective on the evolution of Chilean democracy and its rupture with the military coup of 1973.Florencia E. Mallon is Professor of Modern Latin American History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of "Peasant and Nation: The Making of Postcolonial Mexico and Peru" and "The Defense of Community in Peru's Central Highlands: Peasant Struggle and Capitalist Transition, 1860-1940". She is the editor and translator of "When a Flower is Reborn: The Life and Times of a Mapuche Feminist", by Rose Isolde Reuque Paillalef, also published by Duke University Press.
Number of pages: 344
Date of publication: 2005-11-xx
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