Namuncurá, Ceferino (1886–1905)

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Namuncurá, Ceferino (1886–1905)

Ceferino Namuncurá (b. 1886; d. 1905), Argentine Araucanian (mapuche) proposed as a candidate for beatification. Descendant of the great Araucanian military leaders Calfucurá and Manuel Namuncurá, Ceferino was educated in Salesian missions established near reservas set aside for subjugated Indians in Argentina in the 1880s. Ceferino Namuncurá's excellence as a student attracted the attention of his teachers, and he was sent to Rome for seminary studies. He died there of tuberculosis short of his twentieth birthday.

See alsoMapuche .


Adalberto A. Clifton Goldey, El cacique Namuncurá: Último soberano de la pampa, 2d ed. (1964).

Judith Ewell and William Beezeley, eds., The Human Tradition in Latin America: The Nineteenth Century (1989), pp. 175-187.

Additional Bibliography

Noceti, Ricardo. La sangre de la tierra: Para una nueva visión de Ceferino Namuncurá. Rosario: Ediciones Didascalia, 2000.

                                  Kristine L. Jones