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Chungará (Arica)

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FIORE, Dánae. BODY PAINTINGS FROM THE END OF THE WORLD: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE VISUAL OF SELK'NAM AND YAMANA. Chungará (Arica) [online]. 2005, vol.37, n.2, pp.109-127. ISSN 0717-7356.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-73562005000200002.

In this introduction to the uses of body painting by the Selk'nam and the Yamana from Tierra del Fuego, I describe the sources of data for these practices (photographs and written texts) and their organization and study. Also explained are the methods used to assess their accuracy, reliability and relevance. The general aim of the paper is to search for similarities and differences in the uses of body painting by both societies in order to analize the social dynamics identified, particularly in relation to gender divisions, which context is related to the contents of some myths, and to roles played by men and women in subsistence and mobility tasks. To this end, we developed quantitative analyzes of some aspects related to their use (such as the gender, age and body portions painted on each photographed individual), as well as an analysis of formal factors of the paintings (their techniques and designs), and qualitative analyzes of processes implicit in the use of the paintings. It is suggested that the existence of differences in the social structures of each Fuegian group can be seen in the manipulation of materials and knowledge about the production and use of body paintings

Keywords : Selk'nam; Yamana; body paintings; painted designs; inter-society differences; gender; intra-society divisions.

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