Monuments, Empires, and Resistance: The Araucanian Polity and Ritual Narratives

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 30, 2007 - Social Science
From AD 1550 to 1850, the Araucanian polity in southern Chile was a center of political resistance to the intruding Spanish empire. In this book, Tom D. Dillehay examines the resistance strategies of the Araucanians and how they used mound building and other sacred monuments to reorganize their political and culture life in order to unite against the Spanish. Drawing on anthropological research conducted over three decades, Dillehay focuses on the development of leadership, shamanism, ritual, and power relations. His study combines developments in social theory with the archaeological, ethnographic, and historical records. Both theoretically and empirically informed, this book is a fascinating account of the only indigenous ethnic group to successfully resist outsiders for more than three centuries and to flourish under these conditions.

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27 Wooden chemamull ancestral statues Male figure is on the
28 View of the TrenTrenkuel mound in Butarincon Note the
29 View of the Kai Kai hill located across valley
30 Nguillatun ceremony near Lumaco in 1981 that was attended
31 Schematic of the nguillatun field lower rectangle with opening
32 Nachekuel mound showing the spiraling footpath used by shamans
33 Individual rucas or family seating places and associated hearths
34 View of a rehue pole in the central plaza
35 Spatial layout of the nguillatun field near Cherquenco Malleco
36 View of a rehue pole in a nguillatun field
42 View of Rehuenichikuel ceremonial field in 1984 showing the
44 Stone implement with raisedrelief of a reptile cayman? and

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