Santiago, Chile

Unless otherwise noted, text and photos by Ed Hedemann (click on photos to enlarge)






pre-Columbian pottery and modern Mapuche face Face of a modern Mapuche (indigenous) woman behind urn from the Mosquito Culture (circa 1200 CE). Precolumbian Art Museum.
panorama of Santiago from San Cristobal Panorama of Santiago (taken from San Cristobal) on a "clear" day, which still has a layer of haze.
Ruth in teleferico car above Santiago Ruth riding the teleferico in a cable car above San Cristobal with a spectacular view of Santiago on an unusually clear day.
tallest building in Santiago Gran Torre Santiago, the tallest building in South America.
Plaza de Armas sculpture Statue to the Maphuce people in Plaza de Armas at the center of Santiago.
Ruth standing next to pre-Columbian sculpture A circa 300 CE stone statue, right, from what is now southern Colombia. Precolumbian Art Museum.
pre-Columbian sun lord Stone relief of Kin Ahau (circa 300 CE), the Mayan Sun Lord, who we anticipated would play an important role 300 miles north on July 2nd in La Serena. Precolumbian Art Museum.
photos of people murdered, tortured, or disappeared under Pinochet's rein of terror A giant wall of photos of the murdered, tortured, and disappeared during Pinochet's dictatorship from 1973 to 1990. Museum of Memory and Human Rights.
examples of torture and political murder around the world A display of photos from around the world showing the use of torture and murder of political prisoners. Museum of Memory and Human Rights.
memorial statue to Salvador Allende Gossens This statue of Salvador Allende Gossens was erected in 2000, across the street from the Justice Ministry, ten years after the end of military dictatorship.
banner at University in support of teachers Banner by the Art and Propaganda Feminist Brigade supporting a teachers' strike. Photo by Ruth Benn
vegan food offered outside university Vendors selling vegan food during lunch hour outside a Chilean university. Photo by Ruth Benn
Grimaldi Peace Park on site of former torture center under Pinochett Now Villa Grimaldi Peace Park (since 1997), this facility had been the most important DINA (Chilean Secret Police) site of interrogation and torture from 1974 to 1978.
Ruth and Katty outside her house on the Andes side of Santiago Ruth with Katty who graciously hosted us in her house on the Andes side of Santiago. • ehedemann (at)