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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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VEZUB, Julio E. The convoy of Musters and Casimiro: The "Tehuelche Issue" revisited by social networks analysis. Punta Arenas-Carmen de Patagones, 1869-70. Magallania [online]. 2015, vol.43, n.1, pp.15-35. ISSN 0718-2244.

During 1869 and 1870 British naval officer George Ch. Musters traveled 2,750 km from the Strait of Magellan to Río Negro, as a member of a convoy headed by cacique Casimiro when Patagonia was still an autonomous territory. By systematizing data from Musters' chronicle, and applying software for graphs, this article focuses on the analysis of social networks woven by these actors during the journey. Based on this methodology, the article poses a critical discussion of the culturalist anthropology and its refutation by authors who considered the ethnic identity of Tehuelches as an imposition of the colonialist imagination. The hypothesis is that Casimiro's convoy can be understood as a geographical, political, kinship, business and warfare itinerary which was defining the historical meanings of the Tehuelche identification during the context of expansive processes of colonialism and nation states of Argentina and Chile.

Palabras clave : Patagonia; Tehuelche; Casimiro; Musters; social networks.

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