In a new version of the Seal of Indigenous Crafts, recognition conferred by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage through the National Subdirectorate of Indigenous Peoples of the National Service of Cultural Heritage in collaboration with the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, through From its Trades In program 15 works were awarded (10 winners and 5 honorable mentions) by artisans representing the Aymara, Mapuche, Kawésqar, Yagán and Rapa Nui peoples.
The recognition, which already completes 7 versions, aims to encourage the revitalization of the knowledge and traditional craft techniques of indigenous peoples, as well as promote the dissemination of their cultural manifestations.
“Traditional indigenous crafts are the continuity of a line of knowledge transmission that comes from afar and which is maintained today as a sign of tenacity and determination despite all adversities. The seal of indigenous crafts seeks to be a demonstration and an incentive to this millennial brand,” says José Ancan, deputy director of Original Peoples.
The awarded works this 2022 will be presented from December 8 to 18 at the 49th UC International Craft Show, which will be held at the Santa Rosa de Apoquindo Cultural Center, located at Padre Hurtado Sur 1195, municipality of Las Condes, Santiago, space where you can buy handicrafts and participate in a wide range of activities designed for people of all ages; workshops, conferences and commercial demonstrations, among others.
In the Tarapacá region, the artisan belonging to the Aymara people, Adriana Mamani Castro, from Pisiga Carpa in the municipality of Colchane, was awarded the 2022 Craft Seal for her work “Talega in natural tones”. In the Valparaíso region, the craftsman of the Rapa Nui people, Andrés Pakarati Novoa, a resident of Hanga Roa, distinguished himself with his work “Moai Kava-Kava”.
Four Mapuche artisans from the La Araucanía region obtained the prize: María Luisa Marican Queupán from the Lago Budi sector in the municipality of Saavedra with “Traditional Current Pilwa”; Nelly Calbulao Calbulao from the municipality of Lautaro with “Kunkulkay, ribbon that holds the cascawillas of the choike in the ceremonial dance”; Erika Colihuinca Quintrel of the Nueva Imperial commune with “Mesheng, menkuwe ka wilkiwün engün: pu fücha metawe”; and Víctor Lemun Antimil, from the Ignacia Ñancurrai Community, Pulmahue sector in the municipality of Padre las Casas, with “Sikil wunelfe ka traripel”.
In the Magallanes region, the winners were Claudia Gónzalez Vidal, a yagán artisan from Puerto Williams, municipality of Cabo de Hornos, with her work “Kéichi”; and Luisa Caro Pérez, Kawésqar artisan from Puerto Natales, with her work “Jepatalxar (game ball)”. They are joined by Jorge Medel Escalona and Sofía de la Peña Ulloa, belonging to the Mapuche people, from the municipality of El Bosque in Santiago, Metropolitan Region, co-authors of “Kitra meli newen”; and Juan Huichicoy Chicuy, a Mapuche artisan from the Los Molinos sector in Valdivia, Los Ríos region, with his work “Trarilonko williche also known as painen or painel”.
The works “Tupu con llol-llol” by Marco Paillamilla Ortiz, from the municipality of Temuco; “Llepu (Balay de pita)” by Katerine Mellado Caniullán, from the Puralaco sector in the municipality of Toltén, La Araucanía region; “Kava kava” by the artisan of Rapa Nui Tevo Pakarati, region of Valparaíso; “Meñake” by Jennifer Torres Building of the municipality of Cañete, region of Biobío; and “Kajef” by Alfonso Cárcamo Paredes, a Kawésqar craftsman from Punta Arenas, Magallanes region.