What Does “Say Hueque” Mean?

WHAT DOES SAY HUEQUE MEAN? This is a question that is often asked as happy travelers embark on their journeys to Iguazu, Patagonia and other destinations in Argentina.

Sayhueque is the name of the last tribal chief that surrendered to white people in their conquest of the American lands, in 1885. The Great Cacique Sayhueque was the leader of the Mapuches, a powerful tribe in the central Patagonia area. Their cultural influence is still very strong in some locations close to the Andes Mountain Range.

Mapuche tribal leader, Sayhueque.

Photos of the The Great Cacique Sayhueque, the last tribal chief of the Mapuches before surrendering to the Spanish

In the Mapuche dialect, the sound hueque /ueke/ / refers to the guanaco, a camelid animal native to South America and typical of the Southern Andes (family of Llamas, Alpacas and Vicuñas). Mapuches used to say hueque every time they saw a group of guanacos nearby.

A Guanaco is an animal typical of the Southern Andes region and was important to the Mapuche tribe

A Guanaco is an animal typical of the Southern Andes region and was important to the Mapuche tribe

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