LA Times on Chilean Indigenous Activists

The Los Angeles Times features an article on the hunger strike of Patricia Troncoso, a Chilean activist trying to call attention to the plight of the Mapuche, an indigenous community which is largely landless, disenfranchised and the victim of police repression. For background on the Mapuche and their struggles, readers can turn to two Duke University Press books: Florencia Mallon’s Courage Tastes of Blood, which gives the history of one Mapuche community across the twentieth century; and Rosa Isolde Reuque Paillalef’s memoir When A Flower is Reborn: The Life and Times of a Mapuche
. A leading activist during the Pinochet dictatorship, Reuque Paillalef collaborated with the government in the creation of the
Indigenous Development Corporation (CONADI) and the passage of the
Indigenous Law of 1993.

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