The Mapuche people’s struggle for freedom and autonomy of their territory during the wars against the Spaniards produced many tales of brave warriors who opposed and resisted the Spanish domination for over 350 years. They were not familiar with the concept of slavery and loved freedom more than anything. That made them ferocious in warfare and one of the worst enemies the Spaniards ever faced in South America.
Among the many fierce warriors in the history of the Mapuche people was a man named Lautaro, a great military leader and famous hero in the War of Arauco. Born in the jungles of Carampangue y el Tiruaa in 1534 to a Mapuche Lonco (chief) called Curiñancu, Lautaro had a relatively normal childhood until 1550 when he was captured by the Spaniards and was forced to serve as a groom in the stables of the conquistador Pedro de Valdivia. However, Lautaro never forgot where he came from and patiently waited the perfect moment for revenge.
This Solo is an apology to the Mapuche people. A poetic act to kneel before all the indigenous civilizations of Latin America.
The Mapuche people who mainly live in the South of Chile are the only indigenous people in South America who managed to successfully fend off the invading threats of the Inca Empire, as well as of the Spanish Conquistadors. They became known as one of the most feared and powerful Native American warriors.
Live Music: Rodrigo Covacevich
Centro cultural de Lautaro
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