Elisa Loncón: From poverty to PhD to writing Chile’s constitution

“I come from a simple family. Like all Mapuche families we faced hardship,” she said recently in an interview to Spanish newspaper El País. The Mapuche are Chile’s largest indigenous ethnic group, with a common language, and a shared social, religious, and economic structure. But they have almost no guaranteed rights. “We stayed true to our values,” she said, “inspired by collective norms, memory, history”.