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  • Roliim

    Great work! really, it warms my heart seeing a piece of my culture here. Mapuche culture is really rich, and it has a long story of strugling against the Conquerors.

    small notes that i can help with:
    4* The Tokicura, roughly translates to “stone-axe”. Basically, the stone axehead she has is the simbol that she is the Toqui. The other adornment looks like a small Kultrun. yeah, kinda a shamanesque-religious symbol.

    11* This is actually a sad reality in Chile. We still live with some codes passed by the dictatorship regime, that helds back the public opinion. its one of the many conflicts that divide chilean people, and one of the biggest. The worst part is the Media Control: Most of the traditional media in chile acts like the conflict is a insurgency from the Mapuche, while denyng the crimes the state are doing to them

    also, a small detail, the headbands (trarilonco) are different for male and female. Males had wool ones, with a blocky-diamond like pattern, while female traditionaly had ones made of silver “coins”.

    ((PS: im by no means an expert of mapuche culture, just know bits of it. so dont take my word as gold, there is A LOT that i dont know))

  • Desa

    This is awesome- a wonderful story about a real-life (as far as we know), strong woman. But what else do you expect from the RP blog?
    While I was reading this, I was listening to Gasoline by Halsey- oddly appropriate for this illustrious character.

  • udnoestaaqui

    About the tupu (the tan ornament): that design is religious (it represent the mapuche worldview: cardinals, calendar, planes of existence, etc.), but they are everyday kinda pins to hold the cloak. And trarilonko made of silver coins just started happening in the XVIII c., according to a museum (i think the Museo de la Araucanía, but may have been the Museo de Patagonia or the Museo de Ancud) because the government made it illegal for them to have money -thus restricting trade at the frontier- so they made it into adornments they could carry around and say “hey, it’s not money ok, it’s jewelry”:

    As a sidenote, Surdoc (http://www.surdoc.cl/) is a good place to look up image references of chilean objects, but you gotta first know what your looking for, so there’s that.

  • Thank you! These were details I had trouble looking up – there was precious little in English, and that which I could run through Google Translate was a little sketchy.