A Landscape of Ice
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The steep slopes of the Peruvian Andes are criss-crossed with irrigation channels. But irrigation channels are not givens in the landscape: they are human-made, contested ditches that allow waters to move across the landscape in defiance of its natural features. Don Seferino is a practical man, who earns his living mainly from performing basic veterinarian tasks. Getting to know a flow of water is no easy task. As it moves across the terrain it traverses natural and social boundaries. Interviews, documents, and meetings: the political forms and artefacts are part of what he came to know as the channel. But it was from moving along the waters here with Don Seferino argues that he got a tactile, embodied sense of the landscape so intimately connected to the flow of water. The movement of the water is not only formed by the landscape; the opposite is equally true, water flows have a formative power in natural and social landscapes.