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OUR SOIL 2500 KM / DAY 026 / APRIL 11, 2011 - 05:49 / TEMUCO, CHILE
The Mapuche are the largest indigenous group in Chile. Once a nation that stretched from the west to the east coast across what is now Chile and Argentina, today Mapuches make up only 4% of the Chilean population.
Nowadays, the vast majority live in Cerro Navia, an impoverished neighborhood of Santiago. Many became stuck here during Pinochet`s regime, when he decided to fence off Mapuche land. Anyone who wasn`t there lost their land. Large plots were given to timber companies - still a source of unrest between the timber companies, government and Mapuche people.
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