June 21st marks an important date for the Mapuche people in Chile for this 2018 year. It’s the beginning of the week-long celebration for We Tripantu, their celebration for the new year. They choose the winter solstices as it’s the longest night of the year and where the sun, or Rapa, comes back to earth to allow everything to bloom again from the Andes Mountains to the most southern tip of the region.
Mapuche communities up and down the length of Chile welcome the birth of the new sun and hold different celebrations and welcome everyone to enjoy the experience together. Here is a list of things you can do in Santiago this weekend to experience We Tripantu yourself.
Friday, June 22
Mapuche Hip Hop Dance
Starting at 7 pm, you can experience Mapuche dance and song from performers like hip-hop singer Luanko, Aymara Soprano Sandra Caqueo, and songwriter Joel Maripil. Experience these Mapuche interpretations and learn about the Mapuche language.
Saturday, June 23
Mapuche Cuisine in Providencia
There is a double celebration in Providencia. In addition to the We Tripuantu Celebrations, it’s also the night of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist.
The street constitution, between Bellavista and Dardignac, will be closed to allow stands and live music celebrate the longest night of the year with food and storytelling.
The celebrations begin around 5pm
Activities for Kids
Mavi Museum of Visual Arts:
Bring your kids to the Mavi Museum for free activities the entire weekend long. On Saturday there will be an Intercultural Workshop, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the MAS Archaeological Museum Room. – Mapuche Instruments Instrument and Storytelling inclusive “Trentren and Caicai Vilu“, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Sala Museo Arqueológico MAS. For children from 5 to 12 years old.
On Sunday, there will be Inclusive storytelling “Trentren and Caicai Vilu“, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., in the MAS Archaeological Museum Room. – Guided visits to the exhibition Wenu Pelon – Portal de Luz, at 12:00 hours, with Marcela Barbosa.
Sunday, June 24
Violeta Parra Museum
This museum will have a number of free events available throughout the day such as poem reading, Mapuche goldsmithing exhibit, and Mapuche foods to try. Please be aware that you must register on the museum’s website and tickets will be limited. Check out their facebook page for more information.
Check back for more activities during this week!