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The exclusion of indigenous groups by the Argentine state

27 Apr

The Argentine land dispute over native lands in Formosa continues as the Qom hold a hunger strike in Buenos Aires. My book addresses the issues of the sytematic exclusion of indigenous groups in Argentina. I refer to my ancestral group, the Mapuche Tehuelche. Although the Argentine state may acknowledge their “rights” on paper- reality shows an entirely different picture as is evidenced by the struggle taking place today.

Watch Press TV’s coverage:

Dirty waste, precarious tents, unclean sheets and sleeping bags are all that there is for the camp that the Qom indigenous community “La Primavera” call home on the 9 de Julio Avenue in Buenos Aires. They are now on hunger strike to protest against the building of a university campus on the lands they claim to part of their ancient territory.
Press TV’s Constanza Heller reports from Buenos Aires.


  Excerpt from Born in the Land of the Tango:

The Mapuche -Tehuelche belief system is related to a high regard for the natural world. For this reason, the modern indigenous people worldwide are working in solidarity in their struggles over collective rights to their ancestral territories.

Currently, the Tehuelche -Mapuche suffer under government policies, and the lack of recognition of their rights as aboriginal peoples. The Tehuelche- Mapuche say they are not anti-development in and of itself, but fear because of the lack of proper legal representation, they will have very little opportunity to receive a just and settlement, by which they will be able to benefi t. According to author, Gabriela Hoberman, the Tehuelche represent about 2,200 people of the Argentine population. They are one of
the most ancestral groups and lived in Argentina  so for 1,500 years. They have been extensively persecuted and segregated, due to the forced assimilation of the white majority. Their culture has been scattered and the language has lost its identity. The women are economically in active and the community as a whole is being affected by a
structural disorganization that prevents this group from maintaining their culture, language, and traits. Hoberman points out that, “The Argentine state has carried out since its creation a rhetoric that has deepened and perpetuated long-term policies of exclusion of indigenous groups.