Sep 23, 2014

Cultural Thursday: Hepokoski Experience in Chile

The speakers for this month are Bob Hepokoski and his wife Giselle, who will be taking the audience to South America and to share their experience of working with the Mapuche natives in present day Chile.  The second Cultural Thursday event of the 2014-15 season will be held on October 2. The hour-long presentation will be held at the Brainerd Campus in room E471 beginning at noon.

The Hepokoskis lived for 15 years in the country of Chile in South America, most of that time doing mission work among the Mapuche people.  They will be speaking on the theme of traditional cultures in transition.  During the time they lived with the Mapuches, they witnessed the people undergoing a period of intense cultural change.

"We watched the Mapuche people going through significant cultural change between 1993 to 2006. Electricity arrived to their communities, cell phones, TV, rural bus routes connecting them easily to the city and new employment opportunities." states Bob Hepokoski. "And the new generation obtained literacy (in Spanish). Like all cultures, theirs faced changes, but because of they lived so long in relative isolation, the changes seemed to arrive very quickly. From one generation to another, their long-standing way of life was dramatically altered.​" 

This is a free event open to the public. 

For more information on Cultural Thursday Events contact Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez 218-855-8183 or