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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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Translator's note: A trutruka is an indigenous horn of the Mapuche people.
17 visit with inhabitants of Chile's Araucania Region, where the indigenous Mapuche people have lived since well before the Spanish arrived in the 16th century.
In one of several reports that the London-based BBC has dedicated to the topic, Claudio Millacura Salas, a Mapuche expert and professor at the Universidad de Chile, explained how in both Chile and Argentina, "the Mapuche people were violently expelled and their lands occupied.
This qualitative case study focuses on teachers' perceptions of their preparation to teach Mapudungun, the language of the Mapuche people, in urban IBE preschools in Chile.
During and following the military incursion, also known as the "Ocupacion,"^ the government increased efforts to consolidate jurisdiction over Mapuche lands and incorporate Mapuche people into Chile's nation by investing in public schools where Spanish literacy was a priority (Donoso 47).
When comparing high and low overall prejudice in their behaviour during the experiment, it was observed that those who discriminated against in an ambiguous situation showed more prejudice towards the Mapuche people than those who did in an explicit situation.
Within the framework of communicative/discursive production with which the Mapuche people reflects on their current cultural contact with Western Chilean society, this article addresses the construction of a narrative of the Mapuche nation, specifically through textualization processes of current poetic discourse.
Contributors to the political discussions include Victor Figueroa Clarke; Adam Feinstein; Jeremy Corbyn MP; Mike Gatehouse, Secretary of the Chile Solidarity Committee in the '70s, and a representative of the Mapuche people.
Social problems of the Mapuche people are described, especially those related to education and environment.
Holler gathered specimens of the plant, which comes from the Persea family, in Chile, where the Mapuche people use the leaves of the avocado plant to heal wounds.