Indigenous groups around the world have faced discrimination and assimilation into mainstream societies. They have struggled to maintain their native languages, their customs and traditions, as the world is becoming increasingly globalized and intertwined. The Mapuche, who make up the largest indigenous group in Chile, are no exception. 18 members of the Paillao Mapu Mapuche community in southern Chile engaged in a Photovoice project to explore the different factors that affect one’s identity within the Mapuche culture in modern-day Chile. By conducting cross-generation research among community members with different languages, religions, hobbies and histories, the photographs express the parts of one’s identity that are important, and reveal a truth about what it means to be Mapuche.


Mariola, Matthew


Sociology and Anthropology


Social and Cultural Anthropology

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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