The magnificent work done by the family to rescue this ancient treasure, take care of the cultural heritage and share it with visitors was clear to us as we looked at the various glass cabinets.
There is a collection of highly valuable Pre-Columbian rocks, maybe one of the most complete in the country. Approximately a hundred ritual masks and social pipes, as well as other devices to use hallucinogen substances were used to get closer to the gods. Besides we saw countless small colorful beads made with natural pebbles and used as ornamentation. Other larger ones were carved with moons and suns and many others were used as daily tools.
The silverware works caught our eye and Gonzalo explained to us that they had been done by a more recent civilization, about 250 years ago. They were made by smelting silver coins the natives had received in retribution for their cattle heads. Breastplates, ceremonial masks and countless necklaces and ear-rings worn by the women as adornment are on display.
The Mapuches left their track in the area known as Araucanía. This enabled our civilization to understand their lifestyle, their thoughts and their shamanic art. During our visit to the museum, the sense of respect and identity shown to us by the guides left an undeletable imprint that got us closer to the native peoples.
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