22 de octubre de 2019
ÚLTIMAS NOTICIAS:
Hispanic World

Indigenous ancestry seen as driving Mapuches' future in Uruguay photo exhibit

By Branden Luis Figarola

By Branden Luis Figarola

Montevideo, Jul 12 (efe-epa).- Ancestral roots as the force driving the future of the indigenous Mapuche people is the underlying theme of the photo exhibit that photographer and journalist Luis Sergio has on show at Montevideo's Pre-Columbian and Indigenous Art Museum until next September.

Some 63 photos from 10 years of working with that community in southern Chile comprise the exhibit entitled "Pu Mapuche" (The Mapuches), with which Sergio, 42, hopes to make viewers "reflect on the indigenous cultures of Latin America."

According to the photographer, this project illustrates the ethnicity's' "daily life, customs, rites and immigration to the city."

An interesting part of "Pu Mapuche" is dedicated to tattoos.

"They feel in their blood they are Mapuches but wish to externalize it in some way. They show it through these tattoos on the skin," Sergio said.

"Pu Mapuche" was first exhibited in March 2018 at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago, which was viewed by 53,259 people.

Sergio started this work in 2004, when he traveled from the coast at Puerto Saavedra to the Budi Lake region to the border with Argentina at Icalma Lagoon, to finally end up at Santiago.

The photographer, who lives in Lima, left for Chile with the idea of touring the Andes and that "the Mapuche culture was on the point of extinction," but when he traveled south in that country he saw it was "more alive than ever."

When he reached the Mapuche civilization, the realized he hadn't won the trust of the locals sufficiently or learned enough about the culture to be able to take really meaningful photos.

"I shed the identity of a reporter; at first I looked on them with a lot of respect. Sometimes respect helps but it also distances you from the essence," he said.

According to Sergio, it was only from the fourth year on that he was able to take a deeper, closer approach.

He fell in love with the Mapuche culture and, he said, sometimes it took him three years to take a photo at just the right moment.

For example, when the Mapuches would begin their "guillatun," a religious ceremony, he waited for just the right moment to take a photo, which, he told EFE, would come out "very mystical."

In 2009 he interrupted the project to do other work in Latin America, but in 2011, he took it up again thanks to the patronage of a business magnate.

When Sergio arrived in this Andean land he not only took photos but also got involved in the life of the Mapuche people, plowing their fields, harvesting crops and helping out with all kinds of other jobs.

"I started out just looking on and not doing anything. But I soon thought it better to be interactive with them and I realized there are situations when I'm totally invisible among them," Sergio said, adding that there were times when "they didn't even realize I was taking their picture." EFE-EPA blf/cd

Histórico de noticias
Japan-LatAm relationship based on cooperation, raw materials

By Laura Nuñez Marin

By Ana Maria Alarcon

NY library opens exhibit on reclusive author J.D. Salinger

By Jorge Fuentelsaz

Chile flashback to Pinochet era with curfew, soldiers in the streets

By Gerard Soler

8 Dead in riots, fires in Chilean capital

(Update 3: adds details, quotes)

Colombian goes from making cardboard hats to heading ice cream company

By Jeimmy Paola Sierra

Two Spaniards out to make history in Clipper Race

By Federico Anfitti

Zuckerberg admits Facebook publishes campaign ads containing lies

Washington, Oct 17 (efe-epa).- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the social network's policy of publishing campaign ads that contain...

Trump aide confirms Ukraine aid withheld so Kiev would probe Dems

Washington, Oct 17 (efe-epa).- Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney confirmed Thursday that President Donald Trump held up military aid to...

Cuban dance legend Alicia Alonso dies at 98

Havana, Oct 17 (efe-epa).- Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso, a legendary figure in classic dance, died Thursday, a representative of the Cuban National Ballet...

IMF's Georgieva urges US, China to make peace on trade

Washington, Oct 17 (efe-epa).- The managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva, on Thursday urged the...

"Maleficent" is Angelina Jolie's return debut after Brangelina breakup

Los Angeles, Oct 15 (efe-epa).- Wicked, ironic, elegant and powerful - these are the characteristics of Angelina Jolie's character Malefica in "Maleficent:...

Google, British Museum digitalizing Maya culture, providing free world access

By Manuel Lopez

Ecuardorian indigenous teen: I know the fight wasn't in vain

By Fernando Gimeno

Rouhani: I'm ready to meet with 5+1, including US, to discuss nuclear deal

Tehran, Oct 14 (efe-epa).- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that he is willing to meet with the leaders of the six great world powers, including...

Ecuador getting back to normal after 11 days of protests

Quito, Oct 14 (efe-epa).- Ecuador on Monday is getting back to normal after 11 days of sometimes violent protests that ended Sunday night when the Lenin...

Hunter Biden to step down from foreign boards if father wins presidency

Washington, Oct 13 (efe-epa).- Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President - and front-running Democratic presidential contender - Joe Biden, promised on...

Government, indigenous leaders reach agreement to end protests in Ecuador

Quito, Oct 13 (efe-epa).- The government of Ecuador and leaders representing the Andean nation's indigenous peoples reached an agreement on Sunday to repeal...

Trump: There's a very good chance we'll reach a trade deal with China

Washington, Oct 9 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump said Wednesday that there is a "really good chance" of reaching a bilateral trade deal with China, one...

US, Colombia to expand alliance to reduce coca production by 50 pct. by 2023

Washington, Oct 9 (efe-epa).- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Colombian counterpart, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, are meeting on Wednesday in...

Raphael: I'm a very happy person, I've done what I wanted

By Ruth E. Hernandez Beltran

Ambitious interdisciplinary exhibit gathers work of 43 modern Cuban artists

By Lorena Canto

Taxi drivers take over Buenos Aires streets again to protest vs. Uber, Cabify

Buenos Aires, Oct 8 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of taxi drivers once again took to the streets of Buenos Aires on Tuesday to protest the activity by ride-hailing...

CBP: Undocumented migrants detained on US border up 88 pct. in 12 months

Washington, Oct 8 (efe-epa).- The number of undocumented migrants apprehended on the US-Mexico border increased by 88 percent in Fiscal Year 2019 (from...