Southern Cone: Mapuche

The Mapuche are a group of indigenous inhabitants of south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina, including parts of present-day Patagonia. The collective term refers to a wide-ranging ethnicity composed of various groups who shared a common social, religious and economic structure, as well as a common linguistic heritage as Mapudungun speakers.
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Mapuche lady in traditional headdress, Mapuche is Chile's main original inhabitants (prehispanic)

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Mapuche lady in traditional headdress, Mapuche is Chile's main original inhabitants (prehispanic)

Chile | Studio photograph for a Mapuche woman.  Traiguen, ca. 1890 || Photographer Milet Ramírez, Gustavo.

Photograph (black and white); a head and shoulders studio portrait of Mapuche woman; she wears a trarilanko (headband), medella (coi.

Joyería tradicional mapuche. Chile.  El ajuar de la mujer consta de lloven nitrowe, o tocado femenino cubierto de cupulitas de plata, el trarilonko (cintillo de plata), los chaway o aros, el trapelacucha y sükil (adornos pectorales), el kilkay o collar, trarikug o pulseras, el tupu o punzón (prendedores para sujetar el chamal o chal femenino).

Joyería tradicional mapuche. Chile. El ajuar de la mujer consta de lloven nitrowe, o tocado femenino cubierto de cupulitas de plata, el trarilonko (cintillo de plata), los chaway o aros, el trapelacucha y sükil (adornos pectorales), el kilkay o collar, trarikug o pulseras, el tupu o punzón (prendedores para sujetar el chamal o chal femenino).

The Mapuche people live on the Andes Mountains, straddling Argentina and Chile, between the Aconcagua River and Chiloé Island. Its inhabitants are very wedded to their land and their customs, and have a rich cosmology that focuses its principles in their attachment to ancestral territories, then embodied in everyday objects such as ceramics, textiles and jewellery.

The Mapuche people live on the Andes Mountains, straddling Argentina and Chile,

Chile - A Mapuche native kisses his son in the village of Temucuicui in Temuco, Nov. 13, 2009. (Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images)

Chile - A Mapuche native kisses his son in the village of Temucuicui in Temuco, Nov.

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