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Mapuche Current Situation

Mapuche Current Situation

When speaking about the history of the nation, it is always interesting to look into the current situation of it and how far the nation has come. The Mapuche people have a long history of fighting for their land and their rights that does not seem to stop until today. The majority of the Mapuche population is residing in Argentina and Chile. Both these countries are currently ruled by the…

Mapuche Language

Mapuche Language

Language is another characteristic of the nation that plays a huge role in its history. Mapudungün (from dungün ‘speech, speak and mapu ‘land, earth’) is a language which is spoken in west central Argentina and south-central Chile by Mapuche people (che ‘people’ and mapu ‘earth’). Its spelling is Mapudungu or Mapuzugün. It used to be previously recognized as Araucanian. In fact, Spanish people has given this name to the Mapuche.…

Mapuche culture

Mapuche culture

  When discussing the nation and its history, it is not possible to completely understand or relate to it without looking into the culture, religion and general outlook of this nation. This is the reason why I decided to dedicate a blog post to the Mapuche culture that might help us understand why certain things have occurred in their history. The people of Mapuche spiritual belief is very closely connected…

Three interesting facts about Mapuche

Three interesting facts about Mapuche

Majority of us, when we hear the phrase “Native American language”, will think right away about languages like Cherokee, Navajo or other languages spoken by the Native American tribes found in the United States. However, the United States isn’t the only part of the Americas where indigenous languages are spoken. Indigenous peoples lived all throughout North, Central, and South America before European countries started to conquer and colonize. Some tribes…

Traditions of Mapuche

Traditions of Mapuche

Women in the community usually get married by the time they are 20 years old and they are not considered adult until then. Women have no voice in the reservation legislative issues. Their children perform a ton of chores though. The girls do the work around the house, whereas the boys do the rest, just like the adults. The girls are usually watched by their mothers while they do the…

People of Mapuche

People of Mapuche

Here are few interesting facts about the Mapuche that Iamd discussing in greater details in my other blog posts: Dating back 12,000 years to the beginning of their culture, the Mapuche language, Mapudungu, still has approximately 20,000 people who speak it. A number of academics have also agreed that it is absolutely unrelated to any other language. Being a very religious population, the Mapuche perceive life as a spiritual fight…

Fighting history of Mapuche

Fighting history of Mapuche

There were three different groups that were trying to conquer Mapuche. The first one was Inca, who did conquer Northern Chile between the 12th and 14th century. The Mapuche sent them packing though, which has started the warrior tradition. The latter one led to prestige, wealth and polygamy. After that, Spaniards came in 1530s. Their guides were Inca. There were two attempts before they actually managed to conquer the Mapuche.…