Ethnic group in South America

Mapuche    ▸ Facts   ▸ Comments   ▸ News   ▸ Videos   

Mapuche: Ethnic group in South America
The Mapuche are a group of indigenous inhabitants of present-day south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina, including parts of present-day Patagonia. The collective term refers to a wide-ranging ethnicity composed of various groups who shared a common social, religious, and economic structure, as well as a common linguistic heritage as Mapudungun speakers. Their influence once extended from Aconcagua Valley to Chiloé Archipelago and spread later eastward to Puelmapu a land compromising part of the Argentine pampa and Patagonia. Today the collective group makes up over 80% of the indigenous peoples in Chile, and about 9% of the total Chilean population. The Mapuche are particularly concentrated in the Araucanía region. Many have migrated from rural areas to the cities of Santiago and Buenos Aires for economic opportunities.


You Might Like

Chile's Mapuche indigenous group fights for rights

The Mapuche make up 12% of Chile's population but are not recognised in the country's constitution.
BBC News - Published

Search this site and the web: