Born in Wallmapu, Futawillimapu, Lof of Kuilche Mapu, Puquiñe, today the commune of Lanco, province of Valdivia, region of Los Ríos. She is a Mapuche artist, poetess, and sculptress. In 2000, she published a bilingual edition of the book “Sueños de Mujer.” Later on, her poems were featured in different anthologies.
She defines herself as a stone, wood, textile artisan, poet, and singer-songwriter. She says the Calfuleo has always been the territory’s ngenpines, in charge of connecting the earthly world with the sacred world. After years of absence from the Mapuche culture rites, Faumelisa’s art again brings these two worlds together. Now through her poetry, her songs, and her craftwork. All of them are full of her culture’s symbols and a special force that feels as if it flows from her spirit. Faumelisa says: “As a Mapuche woman, I look for the word and it comes riding the wind. We look for each other; I find it, and we meet in the most unexpected places. Sometimes I see it in the fall of one single leaf in autumn or in the sound of water. There is poetry when a gentle breeze plays in the wind, when a cloud passes by, when the rain falls when a bird flies by, when you walk barefoot on the ground taking Earth’s energy.”
She has been featured in many other anthologies.
In 2001, she was invited to show her art, music, sculpture, and basketry in the US.
She has been invited to poetry festivals, such as the International Festival of Medellin, Colombia, in 2011 and the International Meeting of Women Poets in Colombia’s coffee route, in 2014.
She currently works as a teacher in her native land, Puquiñe, Lanco, in the Los Ríos Region.