Cristobal Gnecco

Grant Type

Post PhD Research Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Cauca U.

Grant number

Gr. 9335

Approve Date

October 5, 2016

Project Title

Gnecco, Dr. Cristobal V., U. del Cauca, Popayan, Colombia - To aid research on 'The Heritage Meanings of the Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis'

Preliminary abstract: This research project aims to describe past and current heritage meanings accorded to the Jesuit missions of the Guaranis in Argentina and Paraguay. The missions, abandoned some 200 years ago, were designed to Christianize thousands of indigenes, mostly Guaranis, and created enduring stories of birth, renewal, sacredness, civilization, and chieftainship, some even incorporated into Indigenous mythologies. Those stories were read differently by the national histories of the three countries that were created in the region where the missions once stood (that is, Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay). The UNESCO declaration of some of the ruins of the missions as world heritage two decades ago triggered renewed articulations with those stories and helped to create others. Thus, we will document how different actors (local communities, indigenes, archaeologists, scholars, heritage institutions at the national and transnational level) and narratives collide or articulate around those varied heritage meanings