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The first Chilean sport introduced by an indigenous nation partially resembles hockey


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Palín is considered the very first sport ever played in the country, and the first people to play palín in Chile were the indigenous Mapuche nation which constitutes 10% of Chile's population nowadays. The game is comparable to hockey.

Ancient traditions are practiced exclusively by the Mapuches and are promoted and supported by the government. Anyone interested in the oldest Chilean sports​ traditions may observe the game in action during the celebration of Mapuche's Sovereignty Day.

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