Chile. Cholchol (near Temuco). Mapuche Indian dressed for a festival.

Chile. Cholchol (near Temuco). Mapuche Indian dressed for a festival.

Mapuche Machi is a shaman in the Mapuche culture, Chile in South America; and is also an important character and the Mapuche mythology.

Mapuche Machi is a shaman in the Mapuche culture, Chile in South America; and is also an important character and the Mapuche mythology.

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

Chile | Studio photograph for a Mapuche woman. Traiguen, ca. 1890 || Photographer Milet Ramírez, Gustavo.

Chile | Studio photograph for a Mapuche woman. Traiguen, ca. 1890 || Photographer Milet Ramírez, Gustavo.


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Chile | Young Mapuche woman | ©unknown, via Natividad Llanquileo's blog

Chile | Young Mapuche woman | ©unknown, via Natividad Llanquileo's blog

Platería: Mágica, misteriosa, la Plata adorna el cuerpo de las mujeres mapuche, le da protección, estatus y las vincula con sus antepasados. Con su frío brillo embrujaba a los antiguos Lonkos, engalanaba sus caballares y daba prestigio al Ülmen.

Platería: Mágica, misteriosa, la Plata adorna el cuerpo de las mujeres mapuche, le da protección, estatus y las vincula con sus antepasados. Con su frío brillo embrujaba a los antiguos Lonkos, engalanaba sus caballares y daba prestigio al Ülmen.

Mapuche significa "gente de la tierra",  Mapuche means "people of the land".

Mapuche significa "gente de la tierra", Mapuche means "people of the land".

Photo of three young Mapuche Machis shamans in 1903. A machi is a traditional shaman healer and religious leader in the Mapuche culture of Chile and Argentina.

Photo of three young Mapuche Machis shamans in 1903. A machi is a traditional shaman healer and religious leader in the Mapuche culture of Chile and Argentina.

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

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

Chile | A Mapuche woman walks in the little town of Temucuicui, Temuco | Photographer unknown

Chile | A Mapuche woman walks in the little town of Temucuicui, Temuco | Photographer unknown

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

Modern-day Mapuche woman. Azquintui Ñi Zomo   Mirada de mujer de la tierra  Women look of the land

Modern-day Mapuche woman. Azquintui Ñi Zomo Mirada de mujer de la tierra Women look of the land

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