Chile | A Mapuche machi or healer in traditional headdress and clothing. Temuco. | ©David Alan Harvey

Chile | A Mapuche machi or healer in traditional headdress and clothing. Temuco. | ©David Alan Harvey

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, 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.

'Shamans of the Foye Tree: Gender, Power, and Healing among Chilean Mapuche' by Ana Mariella Bacigalupo. A groundbreaking examination of Chile’s Mapuche shamans and their use of a unique tree in ritual transvestitism and political defiance.

'Shamans of the Foye Tree: Gender, Power, and Healing among Chilean Mapuche' by Ana Mariella Bacigalupo. A groundbreaking examination of Chile’s Mapuche shamans and their use of a unique tree in ritual transvestitism and political defiance.

Festival of La Tirana - A Chilean tradition and three-day celebration that takes place in the small town of La Tirana and attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators from all over the world.  Music, dancing, and elaborate costumes celebrate the Virgin Carmen, patron saint of Chile.

Festival of La Tirana - A Chilean tradition and three-day celebration that takes place in the small town of La Tirana and attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators from all over the world. Music, dancing, and elaborate costumes celebrate the Virgin Carmen, patron saint of Chile.

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, 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.

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