Will my children die or the fruit from the bush dry up if I don't sing or use my amulet every night? Toba women and anglican missionaries in mid-western Chaco (Argentina) in the 1930's and 1940's

In this article I approach how were observed and represented Toba women by the Anglican missionaries from the South American Missionary Society (SAMS) during their work at Misión El toba, on the West-Center Chaco, Formosa province (Argentina). I analyze too some activities promoted by the mission back in the 1930's and 1940's which seemed to generate cultural changes on the roles, identities and on women and man spaces. We'll also see the participation and the resistances of women to these imposed changes by the missionary work.

Anglican Missionaries; Toba women; Gender; Argentinean Chaco


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