Le point de vue des pilleurs : Ethnographie d’une exhumation de momies (Andes boliviennes)

Abstract : During her ethnographical investigation in the region of the Bolivian North-Potosi, the author accompanied two young men to dig up pre-Colombian mummies. They intended to sell to a university professor who dealt in it, according to them, in the United States. To protect themselves of the possible wrath of the excavated mummies, they pointed out that you should not there "think / to remember it" (yuyay in Quechua). The author dedicates herself to the study of this exhumation and its contexts by maintaining a focal on the various strategies chosen in situ by both individuals to transform inalienable objects (the ancestors) into alienable objects (goods). She centres her attention on the processes of agency's imputations and on reflexivity as well as on the conflictual relations beetween various social constraints suffered by both individuals. Finally, the author explains how and why both individuals believe afterward that they did not manage to neutralize the potential power of mummies.
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Laurence Charlier. Le point de vue des pilleurs : Ethnographie d’une exhumation de momies (Andes boliviennes). Anthropologie et sociétés, Québec : Département d'anthropologie, Faculté des sciences sociales, Université Laval, 2016, Pluralismes juridiques et interculturalités, 40 (2), pp.209-226. ⟨10.7202/1037519ar⟩. ⟨hal-02081208⟩

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