Mari Chi Weu

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Avidez y orgullo occidental exterminan sus esperanzas
Encontrar un sitio o morir en el olvido
La sociedad moderna ahogada en sus ilusiones
La vergüenza les acosa - niegan sus crímenes
El fondo se pudre - la forma domina
Tradición indígena como una molestia a erradicar
Arrancan las raíces sin remordimiento
Queman tu cultura - se quemaran de tu rabia

¡Crimen - Sangre - Les asesinan!

La espera asesina
Venganzas pasadas y cólera incumplida
Acabaran todos enterrados vivos [sus avaricia morirá en el olvido de los oprimidos]
Más vale irse la cabeza baja que los pies delante
[Esta sociedad tiene que quemar] - esta sociedad quemara



Mari Chi Weu is an ancestral Mapuche war call that means “ten times we’ll win”.

As many indigenous struggle around the world, Mapuche’s people (which means literally People of the Land) are a good (and sad) example of state domination/oppression and land despoliation. It’s a stateless society led by a chief (called “lonkos”) “where courtesy allows peace be maintained” (Bengoa, 2012). Before the Spanish conquest, the ancestral area occupied by the Mapuche reached 10 million hectares, for an estimated population of one million people (Foerster, 2001). Colonization caused (in less than forty years) the death of 800, 000 people (Bengoa, 2012). Their territory varied according to their resistance to the armies of the Spanish crown but also by the many post-colonial legal episodes. Today, according the census of population in 2002, more than 600, 000 person consider themselves belonging to the Mapuche culture (Bengoa, 2012). It’s difficult to fix limits to their territory with our standards because in private property doesn’t exist in their culture. Although the Chilean state are pushing for them to switch community territory to individualized land. Chile is clearly in a context of neoliberalisation of nature, defined by Castree (2008) as a project driven by political economic elites that marginalises the poor and calls forth resistance.

Noel Castree (2008). Neoliberalising nature: processes, effects, and evaluations. Environment and Planning.

Rolf Foerster G. (2001). Sociedad mapuche y sociedad chilena: la deuda histórica. Revista de la Universidad Bolivariana.

José Bengoa (2012). Los Mapuches: historia, cultura y conflicto.


from Ordinary Violence, released October 21, 2016


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