A tree at the centre: The Mapuche-Pewenche, people of the Araucaria
In the Andes of southern Chile, near the border with Argentina, the Araucaria tree is an ecological keystone species. At the same time it plays a central role in the economic, social and spiritual lives of the indigenous inhabitants of the area, who call themselves ‘Mapuche-Pewenche’ - the people of the Araucaria tree.

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