Ana Mariella Bacigalupo

Ana Mariella Bacigalupo

Associate Professor
Office: 363 Fillmore
Phone: (716) 645-3241
Bacigalupo CV profile

Student Research Opportunity

on Medicinal Plants, Traditional Medicine, and Medical Anthropology in Peru

Research Interests

Medical anthropology; anthropology of religion; social theory; post-structural theory; narratives and practices of health and illness; ethnomedicine; anthropology of the body; phenomenology; death and dying; self and personhood; body politics; shamanism and the nature of the postcolony; indigenous knowledge; experts and non-experts; ritual memory; power and authority; gender and sexuality; the late modern world viewed from the fourth world; materiality and fetishism; historicity; social memory and indigenous histories; indigenous Latin
America; Mapuche.

Fellowships and Awards

Dr. Bacigalupo has garnered numerous fellowships to support her research including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Max Planck Fellowship (see here), a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, a School of Advanced Research fellowship, a National Humanities Center fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, an American Association of University Women Fellowship, a Fundación Andes Grant, a Fundación Conycit Grant, a Dirección de Investigación (Universidad Católica de Chile) Grant, and fellowships from the Divinity School and the Center for World Religions at Harvard University.

Bacigalupo is the UB Anthropology Coordinator for the National Institute of Health, Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Grant in Peru through San Diego State University. She is collaborating with Douglas Sharon (San Diego State University), Gail Willsky and Linda Kahn (UB School of Medicine) and others on this project.

At the University at Buffalo she received Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellowship, the Outstanding Young Investigator Award, the UB 2020 award for Excellence in Cultural, Historical and Literary/Textual Studies, the Milton Plesur Teaching Award, the Meyerson Award for Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring, the Faculty Internationalization Research Grant, and the Gender Institute Faculty Research Award.

Bacigalupo also serves as chair of the section of Religion and Spirituality of the Latin American Studies Association. She has served on the Board of the Anthropology of Religion section of the American Anthropological Association as and on the board of the Indigenous Religions section of the American Academy of Religion among others.

Selected Publications

Bacigalupo has published five books and fifty sole authored articles and chapters. Her sole authored books include Thunder Shaman: Making History with Mapuche Spirits in Patagonia (University of Texas Press, 2016); Shamans of the Foye Tree: Gender, Power and Healing Among the Chilean Mapuche (University of Texas Press, 2007); The Voice of the Drum in Modernity: Tradition and Change in the Practice of Seven Mapuche Shamans (Universidad Católica de Chile press, 2001); Hybridity in Mapuche “Traditional” Healing Methods: The Practice of Contemporary Mapuche Shamans (PAESMI 1996). She also co-authored Modernization and Wisdom in Mapuche Land (San Pablo Press, 1995).


Shamans of the Foye Tree La Voz del Kultrun en la Modernidad Modernizacion o Sabiduria en Tierra Mapuche

Thunder Shaman: Making History with Mapuche Spirits in
.” Under contract, University of Texas Press.
“Interview on the Lives of Francisca Kolipi”

2007 Shamans of the Foye Tree: Gender, Power, and Healing among the Chilean Mapuche. University of Texas Press. Pp 321.

Review of Shamans of the Foye Tree

2001 La Voz del Kultrun en la Modernidad: Tradición y Cambio en La Terapéutica de Siete Machi Mapuche. Santiago, Chile: Editorial Universidad Católica de Chile. Pp 271.

Review of La Voz del Kultrun en la Modernidad

1996 Adaptación de lost Métodos de Curación Tradicionales Mapuche: La Prática de la Machi Contemporánea en Chile. Monograph. Santiago, Chile: Publicaciones PAESMI. Pp. 66.

1995 ¿Modernización o Sabiduría en Tierra Mapuche? Co-editor, with Armando Marileo, Ricardo Salas, Ramón Curivil, Cristián Parker and Alejandro Saavedra. Santiago, Chile: Ediciones San Pablo. Pp 198.


Look here for pdf copies of selected articles and book chapters.

2014 “The Potency of Indigenous Bibles and Biography: Mapuche Shamanic Literacy and Historical Consciousness” American Ethnologist 41(4):648-663

Under review “Mapuche Shamanic Rebirth: Personhood and the Construction of History.” In Shamanisms in the Americas, Harald Prins and Jeffrey Ehrenreich, eds. New York: University of Nebraska press.

2013 “Mapuche Struggles to Obliterate Dominant History: Mythohistory,
Spiritual Agency, and Shamanic Historical Consciousness in Southern
Chile.” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 20(1):77-95.

2013 “Las Mujeres Machi en el siglo XX-XI: ¿Personificación de la
Tradición o Desafío a las Normas de Género?” In Historia de la Mujer en
Chile Siglos XX-XI
. Ana Maria Stuven and Joaquín Fermandois, eds.
Santiago, Chile: Editorial Taurus.

2010 “The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Mapuche Shaman: Remembering, Forgetting and the Willful Transformation of Memory.” Journal of Anthropological Research 66(1): 97-119.

2010 “Las Prácticas Espirituales de Poder de los Machi y su Relación con la Resistencia Mapuche y el Estado Chileno.” Revista Chilena de Antropología. #21: 9-37. Santiago, Chile.

2008 “The Re-Invention of Mapuche Male Shamans as Catholic Priests: Legitimizing Indigenous Co-gender Identities in Modern Chile.” In Native Christians: Modes and Effects of Christianity among Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Robin Wright and Aparecida Vilaca (eds) Pp. 89-108. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate press.

2005 “The Creation of a Mapuche Sorcerer: Sexual Ambivalence, the Commodification of Knowledge, and the Coveting of Wealth.” Journal of Anthropological Research 61(3):317-336.

2005 “Gendered Rituals for Cosmic Order: Mapuche Shamanic Struggles for Healing and Fertility.” Journal of Ritual Studies 19(2):53-69.

2004 “Shamans’ Pragmatic Gendered Negotiations with Mapuche Resistance Movements and Chilean Political Authorities.” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. Vol 11(4):1-41.

2004 “The Mapuche Man Who Became a Woman Shaman: Selfhood, Gender Transgression, and Competing Cultural Norms.” American Ethnologist 31(3):440-457.

2004 “Ritual Gendered Relationships: Kinship, Marriage, Mastery, and Machi Modes of Personhood.” Journal of Anthropological Research 60(2): 203-229.

2004 “The Struggle for Machi Masculinities: Colonial Politics of Gender, Sexuality and Power in Chile.”

Ethnohistory Vol 51(3):489-533.

2003 “Rethinking Identity and Feminism: Contributions of Mapuche Women and Machi From Southern Chile.” Hypatia 18(2):32-57.

2001 “The Rise of the Mapuche Moon Priestess in Southern Chile.” Annual Review of Women in World Religions. 6:208-259.

1998 “The Exorcising Sounds of Warfare: Shamanic Healing and The Struggle to Remain Mapuche.” Anthropology of Consciousness 9(5):1-16.

1998 ” Les Chamanes Mapuche et le Expérience Religieuse Masculine et Féminine.” Anthropologie et Sociétes 22(2):123-143.

1997 “Las Múltiples Máscaras de Ngünechen: Las Batallas Ontológicas y Semánticas del Ser Supremo Mapuche en Chile.” Journal of Latin American Lore 20(1):173-204. Reprinted in Scripta Ethnologica XIX, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1996 “Mapuche Women’s Empowerment as Shaman/Healers.” Annual Review of Women in World Religions 4:57-129.

1996 “Imágenes de Diversidad y Consenso: La Cosmovisión Mapuche a Través de Trés Machi.” Aisthesis 28:120-141. Santiago, Chile. Reprinted in Mitológicas 11 (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

1996 “Identidad, Espacio y Dualidad en los Perimontun (Visiones) de Machi Mapuche.” Scripta Ethnologica XVIII:37-63. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1995 “Renouncing Shamanistic Practice: The Conflict of Individual and Culture Experienced by a Mapuche Machi.” Anthropology of Consciousness 6(3):1-16.

1995 “El Rol Sacerdotal de la Machi en los Valles Centrales de la
Araucanía.” In Modernización o Sabiduría en Tierra Mapuche? Armando
Marileo, Ana Mariella Bacigalupo, Ricardo Salas, Ramón Curivil, Cristián
Parker, and Alejandro Saavedra, eds. Pp. 51-98. Santiago, Chile:
Ediciones San Pablo.

1994 “Variación de Rol de Machi en la Cultura Mapuche. Tipología
Geográfica, Adaptiva e Iniciática” Revista Chilena de Antropología 12:19-43. Santiago, Chile.

1994 “El Poder de las Machi Mapuche en los Valles Centrales de la Araucanía.” In Comprensión Del Pensamiento Indígena a través de Sus Expresiones Verbales. Yosuke Kuramochi, ed. Pp. 11-55. Quito, Ecuador: Abya-Yala Editions.

Undergraduate Courses Offered

APY 106 | Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

APY 324 | Approaches to the Study of Religion

APY 394 | Healing and Religion in Native South America

APY 421 | The Anthropology of Death and Dying

Graduate Courses Offered

APY 508 | The Field Experience: Ethnographic Perspectives and Methods

APY 591 | Nationalism, Transnationalism and Global Culture

APY 565 | Gender and Healing in the Americas: Native and Creole Perspectives

APY 565 | Course in Mapuche Intercultural Health

APY 575 | Social Memory: Narrative, Mementoes, Embodiment, And Forgetting

APY 603 | Anthropology of the Body

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