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And of Clay Are We Created

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Cindy DeLeon

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Transcript of And of Clay Are We Created

Story Based on 1985 Eruption
Nevado del Ruiz
Social Construction
Isabel Allende
"People of the Earth"
Largest aboriginal group
Occupation: Maule to the Island of Chiloé
1992 census stated 928,060 over fourteen years old identified themselves as Mapuche
Today only 15% still live in their historical homeland
60% were forced to civilize
European Settlement
European colonization
Illegal settlement
Fraudulent land purchase agreements
Over exploitation of natural resources
Restrict Mapuche rights to gather and practice their indigeneous traditions
Chilean writer born in Lima, Peru. Her family was relocated to Chile after her father disappeared.
She won worldwide acclaim from her first bestselling novel The House of Spirits (1982), which grew out of a farewell letter to her dying grandfather.
This novel established her as a feminist force in Latin America’s male-dominated literary world.
Story is based on her expirences in journalism
Saturday, November 16, 1985
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Geography & Topography
Background Information
South America
Situated within the Pacific Ring of Fire
An area where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.
The Andes mountains make up about 80% of the territory
30% of the population is of Caucasian origin; "predominantly White" Mestizos are estimated to amount a total of 65%, while Native Americans (Amerindians) comprise the remaining 5%
Chile is one of 22 countries to have signed and ratified the only binding international law concerning indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 - Indigenous peoples should hold the right to choose to integrate or maintain their cultural and political integrity.
Effects of inequality on the ethnic racial groups:

Chile does not have any resources that US can benefit from
there is no reason to help Chile when in danger unlike Iraq
volcano erruption yet no one was willing to help
Disadvantage for people in Chile just because they have nothing to give in return

And of Clay Are We Created
And of Clay We Were Created
Plot Summary
Azucena, a little girl, is trapped in a mudslide and a reporter Rolfe Carle is covering her story
Her resuce is unsuccesful and the necessary pump cannnot be brought
Rolfe stays with her until she dies (3 days)
Over the course of the girl dying he recounts his childhood suffering which he has repressed for many years
Carle wife watches him through the tv, who suffers along with him
Somebody suggested that her legs might be caught in the collapsed walls of her house, but she said it was not just rubble, she was also held by the bodies of her brothers and sisters clinging to her legs (pg 119)
Azucena gave up, her eyes locked with those of the friend who had sustained her. He removed the life buoy, closed her eyelids, held her to his chest for a few moments, and let her go. She sank slowly, a flower in the mud. (page 126)
He could not tell it all to Azucena; she perhaps did not know there was a world beyond the sea or time previous to her own. (pg 123)
The Story of Omayra Sanchez
1985 Eruption
Volcanic debris mixed with ice formed massive lahars (volcanically induced mudslides and landslides) that rushed into the river valleys below the mountain, killing nearly 25,000 people.
Omayra Sánchez was a Colombian girl killed by the 1985 eruption when she was 13 years old. After 55 hours of struggling, she died.
All the media attention was focused on Omayra.
Why it matters.

Identity and conflicts regarding identity formation:

Lived in a secluded village away from the people outside
Rolfe was abused when he was a kid
Bottled up his past up therefore can not move on in the present
Emotionally unstable
Needed someone else to realise idenity
Didn't find idenity until adult
Relationship of Literature to the Course
Relationship of Literature to the Course
Mapuche Injustice
Mapuche Settlement
"I called all the important people in the city, senators, commanders of the armed forces, the North American ambassador, and the president of National Petroleum, begging them for a pump to remove the silt, but obtained only vague promises."

In the story: a pump to drain out the water from the mud pit to save Azucena took Rolf Carle and his wife 3 days and 2 nights to obtain.

Azucena=Rolf Carle: he reflected from his childhood "escape" of guilt

It does not matter how far a person goes or how hard the individual tries; he/she cannot move on without dealing with his/her past.
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