Most of the people of Chile are ethnically European, or at
least partially European, but there are also numerous indigenous groups of people
in Chile, most notably the Mapuche. Most indigenous people identify with their ethnic
or linguistic group first and perhaps as a Chilean second or even third. For the
ethnically European population, most people see themselves as being "Chilean"
Most of the people who are ethnic European see themselves as "Chilean,"
which they define in numerous ways, including by ethnic make-up, language, citizenships,
food, clothing, and other aspects of culture and lifestyle. However, the most important
means of defining this term is generally not citizenship so many indigenous people
who are citizens of Chile are excluded from this definition.
One of the most important factors to be "Chilean" is to be ethnically
European and to have a lifestyle that closer reflects Europe
than it does the indigenous people. In this way most citizens of Chile either identify
as being "Chilean," which is defined in cultural and ethnic terms. or
they identify with their indigenous group, which is often defined in linguistic
or ethnic terms, such as the Mapuche.
No matter how an individual identifies, few "Chileans" are 100% European
as many have indigenous blood in them; in this way the definition of this identity
has a great deal of interpretation involved as almost anyone can be included as
being "Chilean" so long as they believe they are Chilean and adopt the
language, customs, and culture of the country's majority. On the other hand,
it is impossible to become a "Mapuche" if you are not culturally and linguistically