Conflicts for Control of Mapuche-Pehuenche Land and Natural Resources in the Biobio Highlands, Chile

Gerardo Azocar, Rodrigo Sanhueza, Mauricio Aguayo, Hugo Romero, Maria D. Munoz
2005 Journal of Latin American Geography  
This paper analyzes the impact that the Chilean government's land-ownership policies have had on the Mapuche-Pehuenche communities, especially with respect to the control of their territory and natural resources. The results show a tendency towards nonprotection of their rights to control their territories with an increasing loss of autonomy and control over land. State intervention, together with large private investment projects, has generated socio-economic and territorial impacts in the
more » ... genous areas, such as the migration of young persons, socio-cultural changes, and conflicts over access and use of ecological zones. The territorial re-ordering of the original Mapuche space, combined with its increasing appropriation by private actors and the Chilean government, has produced a subordinated integration of the indigenous communities with respect to national society.
doi:10.1353/lag.2005.0035 fatcat:akrb747qn5fgfjmdyerzeezzpq