"Healing and thanksgiving in Chile" Top 5 Page for this destination National Museum of the American Indian Tip by matcrazy1
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I've seen so-called Rewe Center in the National Museum of the American Indian. This part of Our Universes exhibition refers to the original inhabitants of Central and Southern Chile and Southern Argentina called Mapuche and known as araucanos (Araucanians) in Spanish (and Polish :-) world. For their ritual thanksgiving day as well as healing ritual they used to build an U-shape space with centrally located "Rewe" that was special curved pole (similar to totem).
In the museum I've seen huge black and white picture of a wooden, thatched house with a Rewe in front, decorated with green plants and white and blue flag. The space is surrounded by a round desk with touch screens and information on mapuche culture. I've got to know they resisted colonization from the 1500s through the 19th Century! For more read about Arauco War.
Mapuche descendants now live across southern Chile and Argentina; some maintain their traditions and continue living from agriculture.
Address: Fourth St. & Independence Ave., S.W. Washington DC
Directions: Metro station: Federal Center SW. On southern part of the eastern end of the National Mall, between the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building. Map here
Phone: +1 (202) 633 1000
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