Román Cura Mural, Part 1.


The second Román Cura mural, from Kreator: I was finally able to take decent pictures of the mural which is located in the nearby city of Rawson. It is simply titled “Román Cura,” after the author himself. As I said earlier, it depicts the story of the region that would become my province, Chubut. Click for full size!

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  1. coragyps says

    Wow! I was in Puerto Madryn a couple of years ago, and flew into Rawson to get there. We saw whales from our motel, but didn’t know to look for these!

  2. Kreator says

    Thanks for posting this, Caine. As before, I’ll try to explain and expand on some parts of the mural to the best of my ability.

    We begin with our first inhabitants, the Aónikenk, who mostly led a nomadic hunther-gatherer lifestyle. Their main prey were guanacos, the wild ancestors of the llama, of whose leather their clothes and lodgings were made. Another prey animal was the rhea (picture #1), which they hunted using the bolas. They too provided them with meat and leather. Meanwhile, in the area around the Andes mountain range lived the Mapuche, descended from populations that were driven southward by the expansion of the Inca Empire (see the warriors in picture #1, top left). That said, this is all a gross oversimplification, and I wish both I and the mural could provide a more nuanced understanding of our pre-Hispanic landscape. Suffice to say for now, we’re dealing with an extremely complex history, diverse groups of people with complex interrelations, and much more space would be needed to truly make justice to these issues.

    The first European expedition to reach Chubut’s shores was that of Ferdinand Magellan in 1520. As represented in picture #2, he faced a mutiny while overwintering in the place he called Puerto San Julián, now a small city in the province of Santa Cruz. The mutiny was unsuccessful; some of the traitors were executed and others marooned, but most were forgiven due to being considered necessary for the journey. However, true European colonization of the zone would have to wait a few more centuries.

    @coragyps: cool, I hope you enjoyed your stay! This mural is located near Rawson’s central plaza and, since it’s not really a touristic city, it would unfortunately be easy to miss indeed.

  3. rq says

    Very looking forward to the rest of this. So much to see, with overly simplified history lessons as a bonus.

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