Retrieving and strengthening Mapuche indigenous knowledge to build the future (2008-2010)
The Bolzano-Araucanía project, co-funded by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen, offered training courses and fostered knowledge-exchange and dialogue on minority and indigenous issues amongst indigenous peoples, academics and the wider public in Europe and Latin America.
The overall aim of the project was twofold. On the one hand, it sought to promote the local development of Mapuche indigenous communities in Chile by reinforcing the influence of their cultural and economic organizations and by enhancing the dialogue and the cooperation with the public administration's officials dealing with the indigenous people. On the other hand, the project contributed to the debate in Chile and Latin America on indigenous peoples' rights, analyzing cases of best practices of minority' claims accommodation, like the case of South Tyrol.
The project was carried out in collaboration with Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile - sede regional de Villarrica (PUC). This University is located in the region of Araucanía, where a large part of the Mapuche people live, and has a long and sound experience in dealing with research projects, trainings and intercultural activities with Mapuche communities.
For more information about the project, download the project handbook (english). For the Spanish version, click here.