Elicura Chihuailaf Nahuelpan (1952 in Quechurehue) is a Mapuche Chilean poet and author whose works are written both in Mapudungun and in Spanish, and have been translated into many other languages as well. He has also translated the works of other poets, such as Pablo Neruda, into Mapudungun.
He has been referred to as the lonco, or chieftain, of Mapudungun poetry, and works at recording and preserving the oral tradition of his people. "Elicura" is from the Mapudungun phrase for "transparent stone", "Chihuailaf" means "fog spread on the lake", and "Nahuelpan" is "tiger/cougar".
Poems by Elicura Chihuailaf at Nestor Barron's website
Mapu, Tierra Azul
Nestor Barron's website
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