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.

Mapuche children are indigenous to central/southern Chile and southwest…

Mapuche children are indigenous to central/southern Chile and southwest…


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

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

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

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

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

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

Mapuche lady in traditional headdress, Mapuche is Chile's main original inhabitants (prehispanic)

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Mapuche lady in traditional headdress, Mapuche is Chile's main original inhabitants (prehispanic)

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.

Mapuche woman. The Mapuche are a group of indigenous inhabitants of south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina, including parts of present-day Patagonia.

Mapuche woman. The Mapuche are a group of indigenous inhabitants of south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina, including parts of present-day Patagonia.

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

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.

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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