Workshop: Promoting Mapudungun through rap in Wallmapu, Southern Chile

On April 14 , Josep Cru (Newcastle University and Linguapax) and Jaqueline Caniguan (University of La Frontera) organised a workshop to raise awareness of the fragile situation of Mapudungun at the San Juan Bosco High School in the town of Cunco in Southern Chile (Wallmapu). The workshop was led by Waikil (Jaime Cuyanao), one of the best-known Mapuche rappers in Chile, accompanied by guitarist Ketrafe (Cristofer Collio). In the workshop, Waikil gave an overview of the recent history of rap in Chile and its connections to the political struggle of the Mapuche people. The students also had the opportunity to actively participate in the workshop producing verses and rhymes. To complement the workshop, Josep Cru gave a talk to the teachers of several schools in the area about language policy and planning for the revitalisation of minoritised languages in both Latin America and Spain.