Waiting for Tindaya: Modern ruins and indigenous futures in Fuerteventura

The Sociological Review, marzo 2022.


Tindaya is a site of truncated futures, fragments of which are still to be found in and around the mountain. This article works with these material traces as a way of activating the mountain’s role in a plurality of strategies of anticipation, from the economic and cultural superabundance ascribed to Chillida’s project by the state to the indigenous rituals and offerings that took place in the mountain. It is argued that Tindaya stands today as an unintended monument to the ruins of a modernity envisaged in the language of economic development and artistic abstraction, but also represents the possibility of enacting other, minoritarian futures, connected to the poorly understood indigenous lifeworlds attached to the mountain and its surroundings.