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Indigenous Architecture across Abya Yala (Latin America): Chile

Trawupeyüm Intercultural Village

Trawupeyüm Intercultural Village, Curarrehue, Chile, 2002-2004. Photographer: Eliseo Huencho, 

We Liwen Valdivia Home

We Liwen Valdivia Home, Valdivia, Chile, 2017. Photographer: Eliseo Huencho. 


This page focuses on the Indigenous people of Chile, primarily the Mapuche in south-central Chile. While the resources provided are centered on the architecture and design practices present in these communities, we also give information about the current political and social issues affecting the Mapuche with the belief that these issues are in conversation with the architectural and design practices. The section “Accessing Materials” offers tips and information about searching for additional resources about the subject. 

Accessing Materials

Some useful initial key words to use for searching for articles or books in the catalogue are: 

  • Indigenous + Chile
  • Mapuche + Chile
  • Chilean Architecture 
  • Architecture + Mapuche 
  • Architecture + Indigenous + Chile 
  • Vernacular Architecture + Chile 

Since many resources may be in Spanish, it may be useful to try these key words in Spanish as well. For example:

  • Indígena + Chile
  • Arquitectura + Indígena + Chile