Courage Tastes of Blood: The Mapuche Community of Nicolas Ailio and the Chilean State, 1906-2001

Before the Chilean government vanquished the indigenous Mapuche people at the end of the 19th century, heavy forests and abundant rivers, lakes and coastal inlets teemed with resources, everything the Mapuche needed to survive.

“When they were resettled after the military defeat, they were left with a fraction of their original territory and without the skills or tools to farm it appropriately,” Mallon says. Not surprisingly, poverty followed. A common story, but one that history tends to ignore or skim over, she says.

Mallon will introduce that history to the public at a free reading from the book at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, at Borders West. Her appearance is part of the World Beyond Our Borders series, sponsored by Borders and the International Institute…