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.…