The author


John at New River BridgeJohn Caviglia was born in Chile, his father a chileno, his mother an adventurous gringa from Muncie, Indiana.  His family moved to the United States when he was eight.  He has been a professor of Spanish and Comparative literature, and over the years he has also taught pottery and martial arts.  His present passions include reading and writing, cooking and organic gardening, photography, and the making of cedar strip canoes, in which he explores wilderness lakes with his wonderful wife, Barbara.

7 thoughts on “The author

  1. John, It’s so good to hear about you after so many years. It sounds like your life has been a blessing to many. Keep up the good work. A fellow classmate, Dave Strain

  2. John, I feel honored to have been a classmate of one that has been so extensively learned.

    Now as a Senior classmate I must say,”You look exactly as you did in our class pictures, Cute as could be and today I see the same boy with the face of one that has accomplished even more than any one of us might have expected. I can see the same expression (one of great thought) as in our yearbook.

    Congratulations and hope to you and Barbara for the rest of your lives.

  3. I recently read your book and am planning an impromptu trip down to Santiago and valparaiso in a few days. Is it possible to see the Mapuche people from there. What area or city will I be looking for?
    Also I will be going from San Pedro to Puno so I look forward to seeing the mummies in Arica

    • Hi, Mike. There are many ethnic Mapuche in the Santiago/Valparaíso area. But if you want to see Mapuche culture (ruka and etc) you need to go South of the Bío Bío River, especially around Temuco. There is quite a lot of Mapuche ethnotourism in that area. There are also quite a few reducciónes (reservations) around there. Let me know if I can be of any more help. Enjoy your trip!

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