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 (mä-po͞o′chā, -chĕ)
n. pl. Mapuche or Ma·pu·ches
1. A member of a South American Indian people inhabiting south-central Chile.
2. The Araucanian language of the Mapuche. Also called Mapudungun.

[Mapuche : mapu, earth + che, people.]


(ˌær ɔˈkeɪ ni ən)

1. a member of an American Indian people of S central Chile and adjacent areas of Argentina.
2. the language of the Araucanians.
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Contract awarded for Instruments And Accessories Mapuches
Five Mapuches have died as a result of shootings and torture by the Chilean police.
Cet ouvrage, de pres d'une centaine de pages, s'articule autour de plusieurs axes thematiques, notamment la situation geographique des populations originaires du Chili, l'avenir de ces populations, la figure du Conquistador, les metisses, la cosmovision Aymara, la communaute andine, et los Mapuches ou le peuple de la terre.
2) One prominent example was leftist Senator, Alejandro Navarro, who had a track record of fighting for systematically oppressed people, such as the indigenous Mapuches in Chile.
Previous casualties, including Matfas Catrileo (2008) and Jaime Facundo Mendoza Collfo (2009)--who were shot by police--had all been Mapuches.
And former presidential candidate Marco Enriquez-Ominami, a one-time PS deputy who split off to form the Partido Progresista (PRO), said the speech was more noteworthy for what Pinera did not talk about--hunger-striking Mapuches and same-sex civil unions, for example--than for what he did.
Unlike his predecessors in the center-left Concertacion coalition, whose appeasement strategy focused on land grants for qualifying families, Pinera announced a development approach, promising to improve overall conditions for Mapuches by improving the infrastructure and the economy of the disputed Biobio and Araucania Regions NotiSur, July 9, 2010.
The heavy-handed tactics have drawn complaints not only from Mapuches but also from international rights groups such as Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW).
The group Comision Etica Contra la Tortura (CECT) reported in June that currently 57 Mapuches have either been convicted or are being prosecuted under Law 19.
There, historic tensions between the state and marginalized Mapuches, the country's largest indigenous group, have turned increasingly violent in recent years.
At this point we're talking about an issue that involves an entire people," said Galvarino Reiman of the Region IX-based Coordinacion de Organizaciones Mapuches (COM).
On March 19, government officials in Chile's southcentral Bio Bio province asked an Appeals Court to apply the Anti-terrorist Law to any Mapuches who attack Endesa Chile, a subsidiary of Endesa Espana, the company building a controversial dam on the Bio Bio river.