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"The City is Another World": Historical Trauma and Depression Among Mapuche Peoples in Santiago, Chile

Abstract

“La ciudad es otro mundo// The city is another world.” These words, spoken by a Mapuche woman living in the urban center of Santiago, reflect the fundamental differences between the Mapuche’s native territory in southern Chile and the urban centers that are now inhabited by 80 percent of the Mapuche people due to forced economic migration. The environmental, cultural and spiritual changes in the lives of Mapuche people have given rise to a prevalence of depression in migrants living in cities such as Santiago. My presentation investigates understandings of historical trauma and mental illness in urban indigenous communities and the discord between traditional systems of healing and Chilean-state biomedicine. I address the question: How does neocolonialism continue to shape the well-being of Mapuche people through historical legacies and contemporary medical practice?

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Suzanne Morrissey

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Public Health

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Olin 138

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Oral Presentation

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SIT Chile

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"The City is Another World": Historical Trauma and Depression Among Mapuche Peoples in Santiago, Chile

Olin 138

“La ciudad es otro mundo// The city is another world.” These words, spoken by a Mapuche woman living in the urban center of Santiago, reflect the fundamental differences between the Mapuche’s native territory in southern Chile and the urban centers that are now inhabited by 80 percent of the Mapuche people due to forced economic migration. The environmental, cultural and spiritual changes in the lives of Mapuche people have given rise to a prevalence of depression in migrants living in cities such as Santiago. My presentation investigates understandings of historical trauma and mental illness in urban indigenous communities and the discord between traditional systems of healing and Chilean-state biomedicine. I address the question: How does neocolonialism continue to shape the well-being of Mapuche people through historical legacies and contemporary medical practice?

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