Recognize and publicize the Mapuche culture

We promote respect for the beliefs, customs and traditions of the Mapuche culture. We believe that by recognizing and supporting this ancestral culture, contribute to its strengthening, so that the Mapuche people are less prone to the loss of the vital energy of their language and vision of the Cosmos. The record of their customs, language and beliefs, contributes to the preservation of their cultural heritage.

We recognize the understanding that the Mapuche people have for the lands they inhabit and the importance that they assign to topographic singularities, which are a source of accumulated energies according to the Mapuche vision of the Cosmos. These sites include ceremonial hills (Tren Tren), waterfalls (Trayenco), places with upwelling water and native vegetation (Menoko), sites for religious ceremonies (Guillatuwe), for games (Paliwe) and the cemeteries (Eltun).

Forestal Mininco has designed protection and conservation plans of 22 sites of cultural interest, identified in the forest lands belonging to CMPC. The validation of these plans is being conducted in direct consultation with the communities and their assemblies. In December 2011, the geo-referenced cadastre of the 22 Mapuche cultural sites was delivered to the National Corporation for Indigenous Development (CONADI), in a ceremony held in the city of Temuco with the attendance of the Mapuche community representatives.

Launching ceremony of the Multimedia Kellun Dictionary, held at the Miguel Huentelén School in the district of Collipulli, project which was supported by Forestal Mininco, whose executives attended the ceremony of prayer and thanksgiving for the achievement. This dictionary is intended to facilitate the learning of the Mapuche ancestral language, the Mapugundun, to children aged 6 and 7 years old, contributing to its valuation and preservation as a living language.

Location map of the 22 sites of Mapuche cultural interest

Neighbours from the Linco Mapuche Community, located in the district of Collipulli, receiving their training certificates.

Women of the Mapuche Community “Antonio Leviqueo” in the district of Contulmo, being trained in this ancient art.

8 women and 4 men, all of them neighbours of the “La Capilla de Tres Sauces” Community in the district of Cañete, were trained in the traditional Mapuche basketry using the Ñocha, a bromeliaceous Greigia sphacelata plant, whose leaves provide the appropriate fibers.