Many are the people and organizations that have helped me get to know
and understand the history of the community of Ailío, and that opened the
door to the limited comprehension I presently have of Mapuche history in
general. My research in Chile during 1996 and 1997 was funded through
a sabbatical year from the University of Wisconsin, with additional funds
from a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a Landes Senior Fellow-
ship from the Research Institute for the Study of Man. Subsequent visits
in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2003 were funded by a warf Mid-Career
Award from the University of Wisconsin. Between 2000 and 2005, the In-
stitute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin, Madison,
provided me with half-time teaching release as part of a Senior Residency,
which immensely facilitated the completion of the book and its translation
from Spanish to English.
In Temuco, the Instituto de Estudios Indígenas of the Universidad de la
Frontera and the Centro de Estudios Socioculturales at the Catholic Univer-
sity in Temuco have always welcomed me and offered intellectual support.
My colleagues at both institutions, especially José Aylwin, Teresa Durán,
Alejandro Herrera, Jaime Flores, Roberto Morales, Jorge Pinto, and José Qui-
del, have generously provided help and intellectual conversation. Gustavo
and Luis Peralta and María Angelica Celis, who through the Centro de Edu-
cación y Tecnología (today known as cet-Sur) have worked with the commu-
nity of Ailío since the 1980s, have been exceedingly generous with their time
and material resources. Although our work together has taken a different di-
rection, Isolde Reuque Paillalef and Juan Sánchez Curihuentro were always
there for me on my visits to Temuco. Isolde’s family, especially her parents
don Ernesto Reuque and doña Martina Paillalef, her daughter Liliana, her
sister Elvira, and her brother Lionel, have always welcomed me as a part of
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