Museum features native cultures of Chile

The cultures of five native groups in Chile will be on display starting Saturday at the Museo Nacional. Included are crafts from the current residents of Easter Island.

The native cultures span the length of the South American country from the  Kawesqar in the extreme south to the Atacameña in the north.

Although the natives in Chile are well known for their weaving with alpaca and other animal fibers, the display by 42 artisans is much more than this. The Fundación Artesanías de Chile, the Embassy of Chile and the museum promise ceramics, silver, woodworking, stone work, basketry, items using feathers, conch shells and, of course, the textiles.

In all five native groups are represented, including the Aymara and Mapuche, as well as the Rapanui, as the Easter Island residents are known. The exhibit runs until Aug. 21.

The Fundación Artesanías de Chile is a non-profit dedicated to preserving the native cultures, which are pre-Columbian in origin.

A Mapuche weaver gathers the materials for her project.

A Mapuche weaver gathers the materials for her project.

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