25.1 | Sara Luco

Re-Mapping the “Shitopolis of Santiagony”: David Aniñir’s Proposal for a Borderized Mapuche Identity


In the collection of poems Mapurbe: Venganza a raíz by the indigenous Chilean author David Aniñir, a renewed Mapuche-Indian identitary discourse is being created through re-mapping the Chilean capital of Santiago and its Mapuche inhabitants from a Thirdspace perspective. Aniñir provides
an alternative view on Chilean urban life and the place of indigenous population in it. By doing so he disrupts the dominant Chilean discourse on Mapuche-Indian identity, creating a narrative that proposes an emphasis on hybridity instead of the clearly marked identitary boundaries expressed by the hegemonic Chilean discourse.