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

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

The Mapuche people are the largest ethnic group in Chile and constitute approximately 10% (more than 1.000.000 people) of the Chilean population. Half of them live in the south of Chile from the river Bío Bío until the Chiloé Island. The other half is found in and around the capital, Santiago. There are also around 300.000 Mapuches living in Argentina.

The Mapuche people are the largest ethnic group in Chile and constitute approximately 10% (more than 1.000.000 people) of the Chilean population. Half of them live in the south of Chile from the river Bío Bío until the Chiloé Island. The other half is found in and around the capital, Santiago. There are also around 300.000 Mapuches living in Argentina.

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

Merkén! I love this hot Mapuche spice made from dried and smoke peppers! I wish I knew where to get my hands on some here in the states...

Merkén! I love this hot Mapuche spice made from dried and smoke peppers! I wish I knew where to get my hands on some here in the states...

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