La garra charrúa: fútbol, indios e identidad en el Uruguay contemporáneo

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After the description of a giant flag which was displayed by a group of fans during the match between Uruguay and Australia in Montevideo in November 2001, the article draws on academic and journalistic texts to explore the fate of the expression << garra charrua >>, traditionally associated with the courage and determination of the national team of Uruguay. As well as providing the necessary historical background on the extermination of the Charrua Indians and the banishment of their last five representatives to France in 1833 as examples of exotic humanity, the essay focuses on a curious coincidence: the simultaneous occurrence, in July 2002, of the repatriation of the remains of one of the exiled Charruas and the unveiling of an important football monument to a living player.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)633-655
Number of pages23
JournalBulletin Hispanique
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005


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