I am Manuel Castañeda (47). I was born in Cauquenes, a land of ocean and grapes, but at the moment I live in Linares – Chili.
My family comes from the South of Chili therefore we went there by coal train every year. My mother used to tell me stories about her life in the South, I spent my childhood among Telares and Mapudungun (our mapuche mother tonge). I saw magnificent works, like long blankets like rivers of colours, and traditional black and red mapuche designs.
I remember the sound and smell of the Kultrun (sacred shamanic drum) and my mother dancing with a basket with wheat in her hands. She danced so graciously that from that moment on a magic spirit was awaken within me… the heritage of our ancestors, that all chilean people carry. That experience gives me the strengh to carry out my work with Telar Mapuche.