The ethnographic museum is the place to learn about the population of Patagonia, its development, the arrival of the Welsh and the relationships that were founded.
Many of the typical constructions of Gaiman have become a cultural heritage and represent the idiosyncrasy of a town from afar and its links with the Argentine Patagonia. One of those buildings dates from 1910, one of the first two-story buildings that belonged to the family of Richard Nichols, a relevant character in the cultural events of Gaiman . Today is the Tehuelche-Mapuche Museum .
In 1997, at the initiative of the Ameghino de Viedma Foundation, created by scientist and historian Rodolfo Casamiquela, the donation of the house was formalized to create the Gaiman Anthropological Museum . The scientist turned all his experience, collection and studies on the original peoples in this space. Therefore, the site became the cultural reference to know the interaction of the newly arrived Welsh and the communities that already inhabited the region.
Dr. Casamiquela encouraged the recognition of the Tehuelches as a native people of northern Patagonia. His vast regional research explains the origins and expressions of Tehuelche culture. On the other hand, the teacher named Doctor Honoris Causa affirmed that the Mapuches had crossed the border and were not entirely from the Argentine Patagonia . This position, often emboldened by his personality, cost him several criticisms in front of the Mapuche community, especially when thinking about towns that existed before establishing the boundaries between Chile and Argentina.
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