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DIAZ ARAYA, Alberto. LOS ANDES DE BRONCE: CONSCRIPCIÓN MILITAR DE COMUNEROS ANDINOS Y EL SURGIMIENTO DE LAS BANDAS DE BRONCE EN EL NORTE DE CHILE. Historia (Santiago) [online]. 2009, vol.42, n.2, pp. 371-399. ISSN 0717-7194. doi: 10.4067/S0717-71942009000200002.
This article analyzes the system of military conscription displayed by the Chilean State among its citizens. This is studied within the context of the Conscription Law of 1900, providing a characterization of conscription in Chile but especially in its Northern territories. The article explores the conscription in Northern Andean regions, which made possible the military enrolment of indigenous communities in the Chilean Army. Many of these people assumed roles such as Battalion Musicians, making possible the appearance of new cultural practices at a local level. The best example of this, is the emergence of brass bands which became an integral part of festivities in towns and sanctuaries in the Chilean Andes.
Keywords : Andean communities; Military conscription; Brass Bands.