Ana Mariella Bacigalupo is Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York, Buffalo. Professor Bacigalupo’s research has focused on cultural transformation, systems of knowledge, and power—all from the perspective of Mapuche shamans from Chile and Argentina, their communities, and their critics. She analyzes how and why powerful outsiders imagine shamans as exotic remnants of a folkloric past, as sorcerers and gender deviants, or as savage terrorists. She investigates the complex ways in which shamans and their communities challenge, transform, and manipulate these stereotypes in their discourses and practices.
Sponsored by Yale Agrarian Studies.