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Anthropology & Education Quarterly

Becoming Neuquino in Mapuzugun: Teaching Mapuche Language and Culture in the Province of Neuquén, Argentina

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  • Andrea Szulc

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    1. Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) and National Council of Scientific and Technical Investigations of Argentina (CONICET)
      Andrea Szulc is a researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and has done ethnographic research with adults and children from Mapuche communities and organizations in the province of Neuquén since 2000. She gives graduate and undergraduate classes in anthropology and in anthropology and childhood at Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) (andrea.szulc@gmail.com).
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Andrea Szulc is a researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and has done ethnographic research with adults and children from Mapuche communities and organizations in the province of Neuquén since 2000. She gives graduate and undergraduate classes in anthropology and in anthropology and childhood at Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) (andrea.szulc@gmail.com).

Abstract

This article explores the sense of belonging promoted by the current program of Educación Intercultural Bilingüe (EIB) of the province of Neuquén for Mapuche children, examining the design and implementation of this program. The analysis reveals how this program reinforces a hegemonic definition of Mapuche identity, which relegates Mapuche culture to times past and to a rural setting. At the same time, the program subordinates the Mapuche identity to the provincial realm, and merges it with the Argentine and Catholic identities in supposed “harmony.” [Mapuche childhood, sense of belonging, bilingual intercultural education, Indigenous policy]

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