"Everyday objects" Top 5 Page for this destination National Museum of the American Indian Tip by matcrazy1

  "MENKUWE" OF MAPICHE INDIANS FROM CHILE
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I've seen numerous old everyday objects in the National Museum of the American Indian, various ceramic pots, bags etc. Some of them were used in rituals like this big pitcher (called menkuwe) from ca. 1940 in my picture which was used for carrying water and holding offerings at Ngillatun ceremonies.

This Mapuche Indians' (Central and Southern Chile and Southern Argentina) Ngillatun ritual consists of solemn actions carried out generally around a wooden totem (a Rave) in order to restore the sacred values carried away by day-to-day activities and domestic concerns.



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
othercontact: NMAIcollections@si.edu
Phone: +1 (202) 633 1000
Website: http://www.nmai.si.edu

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  • Written Mar 9, 2006
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