Boleadoras ñanduceras tehuelches.
Argentine Patagonia, early 20th century.
Exceptional game of guanaco leather and volcanic stone boleadoras. Formed with two twisted branches of two strings.
Its origin is the north of Patagonia, in the middle of the plateau, in the Paso de Indios Department, Chubut, where even today the capture of the ñandú Rhea and the “chulengos” -guanacos- is still practiced on horseback, in festive days of equestrian skills with laborers from the ranches, horsemen from the native communities. The Tehuelche people adopted the use of the horse and over the last two centuries, faced the Mapuche advance -displaced to the south- and the territorial occupation of Argentines and Europeans who extended their dominions over those enormous southern spaces, with sheep being the main activity in the Patagonian plateau.
Reminiscent of their original hunting and gathering activity, the use of the boleadoras is an ethnographic practice that reflects their own cultural identity.
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