The overall objectives of these projects is to contribute to the public visibility of indigenous communities, highlighting their artistic-symbolic production, and helping Chilean society to recognize the cultural history and aesthetical presence of original cultures. What we expect is the recognition, retribution, and integration of indigenous communities on the base of commitment with the indigenous culture, promoting the construction of a renewed concept of national identities that reflect the regional and ethnic diversity of Chile.
This line of investigation adopts a multidisciplinary approach in the study of heritage, including ethnolinguistics, ethnomusicology, history, archeology, and biological anthropology, to combine different scientific perspectives in order to understand multiple dimensions of cultural, ethnic, historical, archeological, and bio-anthropoligical heritage.
The management of their own heritage, tangible and intangible, is a determinant element in their social, political, cultural and ethnic identity, and of their memory. Therefore, recovering control and possession of heritage is crucial in the negotiation and cultural resistance when facing the threat of cultural assimilation of global society.