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.
Chile | Studio portrait of a young Mapuche woman posed in front of a painted background of an outdoor scene; she wears a medella (coin-chain headdress), quipan (a square cloth, wrapped around the body), ikulla (shawl) or manta (blanket), chaway (earrings), tupu (clothes pin), trapelakucha (pectoral pendant) | ca. 1890. Traiguen, Araucania
Mujeres selk´nam, zona del lago K`ámi, Isla Grande, Tierra del Fuego. Fotografía de Alberto María De Agostini. 1915. “Fueguinos. Fotografías Siglos XIX y XX. Imágenes e Imaginarios del Fin del Mundo.”Margarita Alvarado, Carolina Odone, Pedro Mege. Editorial Pehuén. S/F.