20 November 2004

Patricia, through Cacique Sergio Nahuelpan, invites me to the Sacred Ceremony of Kamaruko, also known as Nguillatun. It is one of the most important religious ceremonies of the Mapuche people. For three days and three nights they pray, sing and dance by the fire, which is never extinguished. They pray for the wellbeing of people and animals, the harvest, good weather and the unity of the community... and thanks is given for gifts received.

This was the first Mapuche ceremony I ever attended, I never thought that it would help me to discover my roots.