The Revitalization of Mapuzungun

Date 21 October 2016
Time 16:00 -17:00  hrs.
Series Friday Afternoon Lectures
Lipsius Building
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room 203


Mapuzungun is an indigenous language of South America, currently spoken in the southern-central states of Chile and parts of Argentina. Recent studies (see Gundermann et al., 2011) have revealed that Mapuzungun is becoming an increasingly endangered language in many parts of this area. Several factors are contributing to this development, for instance migration into cities due to massively reduced access to land.

Nowadays many young Mapuche are growing up in urban areas as the second or third generation, with only limited knowledge of their mother tongue, if any. Reacting to this drop in language knowledge, many Mapuche are implementing new ways to recover Mapuzungun. The turning point was the first Mapuzungun language camp which took place in 2015.

These Mapuche language camps (see are educational events that generate learning spaces and contextualize Mapuche knowledge through cultural immersion. Their primary goal is to create speakers of Mapuzungun as a response to the problem that is presented by the loss of the mother tongue. Besides revitalizing the language, another goal of the Mapuzungun language camps is to understand the Mapuche world view and to provide an idea of Mapuche religion. The language camps offer a possibility to actively reconstruct Mapuche history, feelings and understanding of the world that characterizes the Mapuche society.

In this talk I will show a documentary called ‘Zuguleaiñ – we will speak’ by Kelly Baur (trailer: about the first language camp, which also shows the history and ideas of young Mapuche who wish to reconnect with their linguistic and cultural heritage.

Alina Rodenkirchen (Mapuche Coordinator at the Society for Threatened Peoples (GfbV) & Coordinator of the Mapuche Network in Germany

Vortrag in Mannheim

Publicado: 14 septiembre 2016 en Chile, Deutsch, Europa, Mapudungun, Wallmapu

Vortrag: Die Mapuche heute

4. Abya Yala-Festival

20 Uhr

Forum der Jugend

Neckarpromenade 46



Comunicamos a nuestro pueblo Nacion Mapuche, a las comunidades en lucha y resistencia, organizaciones sociales mapuche y no mapuche, estudiantes y simpatizantes de nuestra causa, lo siguiente:

Que a partir de hoy 2 de agosto del 2016, hemos decidido iniciar una huelga de hambre líquida, con el fin de exigir nuestro derecho a un encarcelamiento distinto, que se materializa en un dormitorio para imputados mapuche y no mapuche, que sean imputados por causas mapuche, amparado en el convenio 169 de la OIT en el artículo número 10 de políticas generales.

Apoyamos a los presos políticos mapuche de la cárcel de Lebu, en su exigencia a un encarcelamiento distinto y además invitamos a los distintos presos políticos mapuche en las diferentes cárceles, a exigir sus derechos.

Llamamos a las distintas comunidades en resistencia del WallMapu, a solidarizar en sus distintas formas de lucha.

Luis Tralcal Quidel
Juan Tralcal Quidel
José Tralcal Coche
Alfredo Tralcal Coche
Benito Trangol Galindo
Pablo Trangol Galindo
Ariel Trangol Galindo
Felipe Duran Ibañez