The author of this book studies the representation of the Mapuche people from the military occupation of their land (1861–1881) until the present. As the author herself explains, “Alongside an analysis of Mapuche political activism, the following chapters investigate the multiple, contesting ways in which Mapuche and Chilean artists, writers, and intellectuals have grappled with the country's history of internal colonialism” (p. 4). She does so by “deal[ing] with poetry more substantially than any other form of cultural production, but [by] also incorporat[ing] popular music, photography, theater, testimonial writing, ethnographic studies, and literary criticism” (p. 4). Another major concern of the book is state cultural policy toward the Mapuche, which is intimately connected to political or socioeconomic reforms. The author “bring[s] to the forefront some of the key shifts in cultural policy so as to expand our understanding of Chilean state discourses...

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