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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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OSORIO P, MAURICIO. A violence episode at Baker river: the death of three kawésqar people at Bajo Pisagua (47°46’S/73°35’), 1931. Magallania [online]. 2012, vol.40, n.2, pp.41-60. ISSN 0718-2244.

Toward the last years of the twenties’ and the mid thirties’ the social life of Baker region was subject to several tense and violent situations protagonized by the estancia posadas, Hobbs & Cía., on one hand and the pioneer of the area, on the other. One of these events concerned the killing of three alacalufe people by estancia employees at Bajo Pisagua. This paper will attempt to reconstruct the episode, with the aim of advancing to the historical truth by means of opposing different versions. A contextual explanation of the native´s presence in the area is attempted, as they may have coexisted anonimously with the nascent culture of the Baker people and facing with them the dynamics of large scale entrepreneurial stockbreeding on rented federal lands.

Keywords : kawésqar; canoe natives; XX century; Baker river; Bajo Pisagua; violence; mobility.

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