Wiñomapugentual, Becoming Land Again: Memory, Decomposing and Circulation in the Mapuche Life Cycle and the Problem of Heritage as Permanence
Friday, Nov. 10, 3-5 p.m.
Heritage Explorations Working Group – 4th Session
Everybody is welcomed!
Wiñomapugentual, becoming land again: memory, decomposing and circulation in the Mapuche life cycle and the problem of heritage as permanence.
Dr. Lucas da Costa Maciel
Memorial University of Newfoundland
This communication presents the preliminary results of the reflection work the shaman Mauricio Reyes, the elder Rosa Huenchulaf, and I are carrying out about the Mapuche life cycles. I will explore the contrasts between memory and matter in the regime of heritage conservation and in a shamanic theory of matter in which memory is the world’s constitution. I will discuss how wiñomapugetual, becoming land again, points to the material decomposition and energy circulation allowing memory to be. In doing so, the distinction between memory and matter becomes blurred. After that, I will explore what are some of the challenges the heritagization impetus imposes on Mapuche life cycles and, consequently, for the world as matter/memory constitutive dynamics. I will discuss what the collecting of archaeological and ethnographic items has to do with the topic and explore still incipient connections with the notion of “land memory.”
Presented by Department of Archaeology