On the Mapuche Use of Radio in Times of Acoustic Colonialism

ASE Commons (Coordinated by Macarena Gómez-Barris, Maria Elena Martinez, Treva Ellison and Jujuana Preston)
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November 07, 2013
University Park Campus
Kaprelian Hall (KAP) (Map)

A Series on Race, Power, and Critical Thought whose aim is to highlight the research of American Studies & Ethnicity (ASE) core and affiliated faculty and graduate students, and to build community through sustained conversations and workshops.

Speaker: Luis E. Cárcamo-Huechante (University of Texas, Austin)

Moderated by: Shana Redmond

Since 1993 to the present, a group of Mapuche activists have aired the bilingual radio show Wixage anai! in Santiago, Chile; on the other side of the Andes, another Mapuche collective, the Equipo de Comunicación Mapurbe, produced and broadcast a series of brief radio programs between 2003 and 2005 in Bariloche, southern Argentina. In this talk, I argue that these radio programs constitute an exercise of indigenous agency that challenges what I call the “acoustic colonialism” of corporate and criollo mass media in both countries. My presentation will illustrate how Mapuche activists creatively use radio as a connective medium among Mapuche communities and a space for the public audibility of their own voices, sounds, and modes of speech.

Sponsored by ASE Indigeneity and Decolonial Research Cluster