In essence, the Mapuche were being demographically squeezed from the North and the South, and were militarily squeezed during the war of conquest. Further, Chile in the s, as a result of its preparation for and its victory in the War of the Pacific against Bolivia and Peru , found itself with a large standing army and a relatively modern arsenal for the period most concretely seen and felt in the repeating rifle. These were turned upon the Mapuche. Using a combination of force and diplomacy, Chile's government and some Mapuche leaders signed a treaty incorporating the Araucanian territories into Chile.
The immediate impact of the war was widespread starvation and disease. It has been claimed that the Mapuche population dropped from a total of one-half million to that of 25, within a generation,  though the latter figure has been called an exaggeration by a variety of authorities. In the post-conquest period, however, there did exist internment of a significant percentage of the Mapuche, the wholesale destruction of the Mapuche herding, agricultural and trading economies, the wholesale looting of Mapuche property real and personal—including a large amount of silver jewelry to replenish the Chilean national coffers , and the creation and institutionalization of a system of reserves called reducciones along lines similar to North American reservation systems.
Subsequent generations of Mapuche reside in extreme poverty as a direct result of being conquered and pillaged. The Mapuche economy has been based on agriculture , although they have never practiced highly intensive or productive forms of farming. They supplemented their vegetable crops by hunting and fishing, and kept llamas for their wool and as pack animals.
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Their wealth was calculated by the size of their llama herd. Their social organization consisted of extended families , under the direction of a "lonko," or chief. Mapuche languages are spoken in Chile and to a smaller extent in Argentina. They have two branches: Huilliche and Mapudungun. Although not related, there is some discernible lexical influence from Quechua. It is estimated that only about , full-fluency speakers remain in Chile, and the language still receives only token support in the educational system.
The Mapuche economy is based on agriculture , trade, and manufacturing. They became very skilled at using the Spanish silver for jewelry making. The Mapuche have had a social organization extending from family units, or lofs. They utilized a council with members having fairly equal status in participation, under the direction of a lonko, or chief, who may be male or female.
The traditional political structure of the Mapuche people is reproduced within the structure of the Mapuche territorial entity. It is organized into four geographical regions, or Meli wixan-mapu. Each wixan-mapu is made up of aylla rewe eight districts which, in turn, are made up of communities known as lofs. All members of the meli wixan-mapu are responsible to uphold the legal judgments passed by the Ad-mapu or the code of practice, which regulates and punishes their misconduct and responsibility to the community.
In times of war they would unite in larger groupings and elect a toki or ax-bearer to lead them for that time only, after which that position once again dissolved. Central to Mapuche belief is the role of the "Machi" Shaman. It is usually filled by a woman, following an apprenticeship with an older Machi, and has many of the characteristics typical of shamans. The Machi performs ceremonies for curing diseases , warding off evil, influencing weather, harvests, social interactions, and dreamwork. Machis often have extensive knowledge of Chilean medicinal herbs, though as biodiversity in the Chilean countryside has declined due to commercial agriculture and forestry, the dissemination of such knowledge has also declined but is in revival.
Machis, also, have an extensive knowledge of sacred stones and the sacred animals. An equally important part of Mapuche belief and society is the remembered history of independence and resistance from Spanish and then Chileans and of the treaty with the Chilean government in the s. In that perception, it is important to include, not exclude, Mapuches in the Chilean culture. The most controversial saga has involved Benetton who bought a large amount of land in the Chabut region from the Argentine state several years ago.
In a Mapuche couple occupied hectares of land officially owned by Benetton, but which they believed was rightfully theirs and they were removed. This led to series to high profile protest campaigns and in November Benetton offered to hand over hectares to the province. Mapuche organisations rejected the donation: they claimed Benetton could not donate what it did not rightfully own and that hectares was a small amount of land compared to the , hectares under dispute. In February Indigenous Mapuche who took part in the land dispute against Benetton, returned to once again occupy land belonging to the firm.
Since February over thirty Mapuche have occupied the Santa Rosa farm in the southern province of Chubut. And recent press reports show that in areas that attract many foreign travellers, such as Bariloche and San Martin, local Mapuche have been able to turn the growing interest in eco-friendly tourism to their advantage, running tours, arranging 'traditional' accommodation and meals, selling their art and so forth.
There has also been many significant advances as regards uniting Argentine and Chilean Mapuche organisations. Mapuche organisations currently play an important role in debates about Mapuche political prisoners in Chile. In July Mapuche in the southern regions of Chile took steps to formally register a new political party.
One of the main goals is to achieve Mapuche self-government and to recreate what they call Wallmapu Mapuche land in southern Chile and Argentina where most Mapuche are still concentrated.
Log in. Remember Me. The handle is cylindrical, generally with a larger diameter at its connection to the disk. In the later half of the eighteenth century Mapuche silversmithing began to produce large amounts of silver finery. The great diversity in silver finery designs is due to the fact that designs were made to be identified with different reynma families , lof mapu lands as well as specific lonkos and machis.
In the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century Mapuche silversmithing activity and artistic diversity reached it climax. The Mapuche culture of the sixteenth century had an oral tradition and lacked a writing system. Since that time, a writing system for Mapudungun was developed, and Mapuche writings in both Spanish and Mapudungun have flourished. The ritual transvestism of male machi Following the independence of Chile in the s, the Mapuche began to be perceived as Chilean by other Chileans, contrasting with previous perceptions of them as a separate people or nation.
Yes, Chile is the name of the country over where its flag waves and its laws are obeyed. There are various recorded instances in the nineteenth century when Mapuches were the subject of civilizing mission discourses by elements of Chilean government and military. This event, so important to our social and political life, and so significant for the future of the republic, has ended, happily and with costly and painful sacrifices. Contemporary attitudes towards Mapuches on the part of non-indigenous people in Chile are highly individual and heterogeneous.
Nevertheless, a considerable part of the non-indigenous people in Chile have a prejudiced and discriminatory attitude towards Mapuche. The Coordinadora Arauco-Malleco claims to have the goal of a "national liberation" of Mapuche, with their regaining sovereignty over their own lands. The Mapuche people are honored in the scientific name of a species of South American lizard, Liolaemus mapuche. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ethnic group in South America. Main article: Mapuche history. See also: Incas in Central Chile.
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