Title: Indigenous peoples in Chile
Authors: Leo-Paul Dana
Addresses: University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand
Abstract: This paper gives an overview of Indigenous Peoples in Chile, their self-employment activities and struggle to survive. In the Mapuche economy, the economic unit is not the entrepreneur but the family. While each family works for itself, in the context of a capitalist system, some enterprising tasks are done communally. Meanwhile, self-employed Aymara farmers have developed very sophisticated strategies to protect themselves from unnecessary risk. Across Chile, agricultural self-employment by indigenous people is often supplemented by subsistence fishing and hunting.
Keywords: indigenous entrepreneurship; South America; Chile; Aymara; Mapuche economy; farming; self-employment; native people; agriculture; subsistence fishing; subsistence hunting; family unit.
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2006 Vol.3 No.6, pp.779 - 786
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