The Biobio Legacy: Mapuche-Pehuenche Organizing and Resistance in Chile

Throughout the 1990’s to the early 2000’s, the indigenous Mapuche-Pehuenche community of Chile organized against plans to build hydroelectric dams in the historical BioBio River. Photographs, audio recordings, and organization documents capture the local efforts against the construction to preserve a treasured landmark.

NGO Camino de Tierra in Chile will survey and create an inventory of photographic and audio material as well as some original print documents and non-edited video materials from the local and national struggle against the construction of hydroelectric dams in Chile's historic Biobío river. Materials include black and white and color photographs of meetings and protests, audio recordings of a bilingual radio program, and original documents of Mapuche-Pehuenche organizations. In addition to creating an inventory, this project aims to explore future endeavors for more original materials and to create partnerships with local and academic leaders and with the local Mapuche-Pehuenche community.

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Location: Chile, South America, Americas Organiser(s): Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP) Project partner(s): ONG Camino de Tierra (Chile) Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $14,250.00 Commencement Date: 01/2021 Project Status: Active
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