Chilean Scandinavia

Boris Ivelic, Embarcacion Amereida (2005)

Boris Ivelic, Embarcacion Amereida (2005)

“The southward archipelagic extension of [forest Chile] from Chiloé island to Cape Horn is an almost uninhabited wilderness of channels, islands, rocks, glaciers, and ice sheets. The forest deteriorates in quality and the resources of both the islands and the Andean mainland area appear to be minimal.” You could forgive Gilbert J. Butland for his limp assessment of Southern Chile in his 1951 text, Chile—An Outline of its Geography, Economics, and Politics. As the end of the terrestrial world Patagonia always seems to get the shaft in histories that are told north to south. But in the great twentieth-century tradition of changing South America’s orientation, Boris Ivelic presents another view of the continent. Continue reading

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