(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Imagining Ecuadorians. Historicizing national identity in twentieth-century Otavalo, Ecuador

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Royal Holloway, University of London, London, ROYAUME-UNI


In 1955, a monument to Inca warrior Rumiñahui was erected in Otavalo’s central plaza. In this arti-cle, the A studies the ways in which competing imaginings of the Ecuadorian nation have shaped the material and symbolic trajectory of the monument. The monument was the outcome of a struggle for hegemony between nonindigenous elites. The initiative to build the monument emerged from the public sphere—which at that time excluded indigenous peoples—in a context of national debates about the Indian problem. The widespread notion that the indigenous people of Otavalo were exceptional propelled the local nonindigenous elite to debate the Indian problem and shape, in the process, a public sphere. Elucidating the workings of the public sphere in the racialization of indigenous peoples, I aim to contribute to the academic literature about the relationship between Indian and nation in Ecuador


Article of periodic

published at : Latin American research review / ISSN 0023-8791

Editor : Latin American Studies Association, Pittsburgh, PA - ETATS-UNIS (1965)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 49, no3 [pp. 64-84]

Bibliographic references : 4 p.

Collation : 1 phot.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 23897

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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1353/lar.2014.0039

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