- Plural of Patagonian
Tehuelches is the collective name of the native tribes of Patagonia. They are also called Patagonians.
It is possible that the stories of the early European explorers about the Patagones, a race of giants in South America, are based on the Tehuelches, because the Tehuelches are typically tall. According to the , there were 4,300 Tehuelche in the provinces of Chubut and Santa Cruz, and a further 1,637 in other parts of Argentina.
LanguageThe Tehuelche originally spoke Tehuelche, a Chon language, but later, with the Araucanization of Patagonia, many tribes started to speak variants of Mapudungun. Actually, their own name, Tehuelche, comes from that language.
- Christine Papp: Die Tehuelche. Ein Ethnohistorischer Beitrag zu einer jahrhundertelangen Nicht-Begegnung. A dissertation. Universitãt Wien, 2002. (PDF)
- Native Patagonians - Contains primary sources and reference material.
patagonians in Bulgarian: Патагонци
patagonians in Catalan: Tehueltxes
patagonians in Welsh: Tehuelche
patagonians in German: Patagonier
patagonians in Spanish: Tehuelche
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patagonians in Korean: 떼우엘체 족
patagonians in Croatian: Tehuelche
patagonians in Japanese: テウェルチェ族
patagonians in Polish: Tehuelcze
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