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.

"The most beautiful and costly pieces of Araucanian jewellery are traditionally worn on the head and chest" | From the publication " Mapuche Silver". Text: Raul von Bennewitz Morris. Photographer: Juan Carlos Gedda

"The most beautiful and costly pieces of Araucanian jewellery are traditionally worn on the head and chest" | From the publication " Mapuche Silver". Text: Raul von Bennewitz Morris. Photographer: Juan Carlos Gedda

Quechua  Somewhere in the Andes, probably near Viloco in Bolivia. Ca. 1930s, unidentified german amateur photograph

Quechua Somewhere in the Andes, probably near Viloco in Bolivia. Ca. 1930s, unidentified german amateur photograph

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.

"To Mapuche women the magical nature of jewelry is so real that when they dress up they unconsciously assume an air of dignity that is expressed in their face,, bearing and voice " | From the publication "Mapuche Silver". Text: Raul von Bennewitz Morris. Photographer: Juan Carlos Gedda

"To Mapuche women the magical nature of jewelry is so real that when they dress up they unconsciously assume an air of dignity that is expressed in their face,, bearing and voice " | From the publication "Mapuche Silver". Text: Raul von Bennewitz Morris. Photographer: Juan Carlos Gedda


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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.

Joyería tradicional mapuche. Chile.  El ajuar de la mujer consta de lloven nitrowe, o tocado femenino cubierto de cupulitas de plata, el trarilonko (cintillo de plata), los chaway o aros, el trapelacucha y sükil (adornos pectorales), el kilkay o collar, trarikug o pulseras, el tupu o punzón (prendedores para sujetar el chamal o chal femenino).

Joyería tradicional mapuche. Chile. El ajuar de la mujer consta de lloven nitrowe, o tocado femenino cubierto de cupulitas de plata, el trarilonko (cintillo de plata), los chaway o aros, el trapelacucha y sükil (adornos pectorales), el kilkay o collar, trarikug o pulseras, el tupu o punzón (prendedores para sujetar el chamal o chal femenino).

A mapuche woman. Indigenous Peoples in Native South America: Chile and Argentina

Indigenous Peoples in Native South America: Chile and Argentina

A mapuche woman. Indigenous Peoples in Native South America: Chile and Argentina

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