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Tehuelches is a collective name for some native tribes of Patagonia and the southern pampasmarker region. 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 Cruzmarker, and a further 1,637 in other parts of Argentina.


The 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.


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