AIMÈ PAINE

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AIMÈ PAINE

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1943 - 1987

Aimé Painé was a Tehuelche-Mapuche singer. After receiving musical training at the Collage Mary, it dawned on her that her cultural background was not represented in the Argentine musical heritage. She was the last Mapuche princess, and one of the first defenders of indigenous rights. Through her singing, often only accompanied by a drum, she saved the legacy of the Mapuche traditions and culture.

She saw her singing as an important tool in gaining recognition for her people and said: 'The first step to being educated is to know who you are.'

 

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