Küifi ùl/Sonido Antiguo (Ancient Sounds of Water)

Francisco Huichaqueo

2021, 10:08 minutes, Mapuche (Mapudungun), Spanish

TAPECODE 1038.13

Küifi ùl/Sonido Antiguo (Ancient Sounds of Water) highlights the forms of racialized violence that the Mapuches continue to endure under the Chilean state in southern Chile, and their praxes of resistance, by centering the Mapuche water practices during the winter solstice in Chile. To celebrate “the return of the sun” or Wiñoy Tripantu in Mapuzugun in June each year, there is a ceremonial bathing that occurs four times for the four points of the earth. In this film, Huichaqueo captures this ceremony via reflecting upon the journey of a father and daughter who ritually renew the river on horseback. More broadly, the film also connects historical traumas and the environment as the film’s cinematography seeks to capture both the significance of the rivers for these Indigenous communities and the cosmovision of Mapuche communities. Huichaqueo asserts that this film presents Indigenous understandings of “energy” that expand our cluster’s understanding of this term to also include Indigenous epistemologies around aquatic ecosystems, the earth, the cosmic, and sustainable Indigenous ways of “futuring.”
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