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Guest Lecture: "Southern Patagonia’s Yagán People: Tales from the Ends of the Earth," by Jacqueline Windh

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Mask, Chile, Tierra del Fuego, Yamana (Yagán/Yaghan). Bark and pigment. Vatican Ethnological Museum, 115488. Photo © Vatican Museums

Jacqueline Windh, translator of Hai kur mamashu chis: I want to tell you a story, by Cristina Zárraga (Chile, 2013).

Jacqueline Windh spent months with the Yagán people of Navarino Island to learn about their culture as she worked on an English translation of Hai kur mamashu chis, which means "I want to tell you a story" in the Yagán language. The book is a collection of traditional tales of creation, transformation, and good and evil that Ursula and Cristina Calderón heard around the campfire in their native Yagán tongue as children and recounted in Spanish to Cristina Zárraga. Windh's presentation will be a mixture of lecture and stories, illustrated with images of the Yagán and their traditional territory in southern Patagonia.

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Public programs are free and open to the public. This lecture is first come, first seated, with no reservations needed. Auditorium doors will open at 6:30 pm.


The Fine Arts Museums’ Cultural Encounters programs are made possible through the generous support of the Hearst Foundations and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. Thanks to our media sponsor the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

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