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Rethinking Identity and Feminism: Contributions of Mapuche Women and Machi from Southern Chile

Ana Mariella Bacigalupo
Hypatia
Vol. 18, No. 2, Indigenous Women in the Americas (Spring, 2003), pp. 32-57
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3811010
Page Count: 26
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Rethinking Identity and Feminism: Contributions of Mapuche Women and Machi from Southern Chile
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Abstract

I analyze how machi discourse and practice of gender and identity contribute to feminist debates about gendered indigenous Others, and the effects that Western notions of Self and Other and feminist rhetoric have on Mapuche women and machi: people who heal with herbal remedies and the help of spirits. Machi juggling of different worlds offers a particular understanding of the way identity and gender are constituted and of the relationship between Self and Other, theory and practice, subject and object, feminism and Womanism.

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