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ISLA P, Alejandro. Los usos politicos de la memoria y la identidad. Estud. atacam. [online]. 2003, n.26, pp. 35-44. ISSN 0718-1043.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-10432003002600005.

This article aims to establish the relationship between different ways of remembering and the politic arena, through the study of the emergence of ethnic identities. As a narration of the past, as narrative fragments, memory is a field of many struggles when national or ethnic identities are involved. The case study presented here shows how commemorations are propitious scenarios for inscribing individual biographies and personal memories into official ones, or in those collectively constructed by a group. Such memorials are chrono-topical because, along with enabling memory through the celebration of significant aspects of the participants past, they attempt to shape their future in the present, directing the flow of events by means of symbolic expressions in commemorative rituals. Memory, moreover, relates to a territory and its underlying claims

Palabras llave : memory and identities; myth and history in an Andean community ; cultural hegemony under the nation State.

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