Google Doodle celebrates the 78th birthday of Argentina singer Aimé Painé (stage name Olga Elisa Painé), who was an Argentine singer of Mapuche and Tehuelche origin who devoted herself to the rescue and dissemination of the folk music of her people, on August 23, 2021.
Who was Aimé Painé?
Aimé Painé was born on 23 August 1943 in Ingeniero Luis A. Huergo, Argentina. She was legitimately called Olga Elisa because of the lawful inconceivability of writing her down with a Mapuche name because of the Argentine laws of that time, even though she later adopted her real name Aimé for her artistic work. It is spelled equivalent to “loved” in French, however, it is a name of Mapuche origin, and its meaning would be “what it means” or “reddish sunset.”
Aimé Painé, at age 3, was isolated from her community since her dad required work she was unable to deal with so many children. She was shipped off an orphanage school for nuns, the Instituto Unzué de Mar del Plata, a city far eliminated from her land, culture, and origins.
Aimé Painé dominated in the Gregorian chant choir. In the wake of hearing her superb voice, the lawyer and playwright Héctor Llan de Rosos and his wife, who was trying to adopt a girl, picked Aimé among many. From an extremely youthful age, she dreamed of being a singer and having the skills to do so, she studied music with private teachers: guitar, with Roberto Lara, and singing, with Blanca Peralta and Nina Kabanciwa.
As a child, Aimé Painé understood that those tones and those songs were basically the same as the Taiel, a Mapuche tune that one of the numerous country grandmothers (she never knew her own blood grandmothers), the grandmother Domitila interpreted in Mapudungun (Mapuche language).
In 1973, Aimé Painé entered the National Polyphonic Choir and there she found how music truly affected her. It was precise during an international choir in Mar del Plata, where every nation had arranged something like one piece of indigenous or folk music. Aside from the Argentine choir, there she felt consternation and embarrassment of belonging to a country that denies its roots. This event led her toward the South to drench herself in her elderly folks’ spirituality. Aimé Painé found that Mapuche music was a genuine spiritual attraction, that her music came from the experience of singing in a universe of depression where her land was natal.
It is considered that Aimé Painé is that she was the first Mapuche woman to go on tour accordingly, wearing traditional clothing, and the first to sing in Mapuche and clarify that culture.
She adapted her Mapuche songs with regionalist overtones but continually using the Trompe, the kultrun, the cascahuillas, and referencing the trutruca and the kull kull.
Aimé Painé died in Paraguay in the wake of suffering a brain aneurysm during a recording. She was buried in her hometown close to her dad’s grave, Segundo Painé, who died after his daughter, at 44 years old.
There are libraries, schools, complexes, choirs, and roads in the province of Río Negro and one of the roads of Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires honors Aimé Painé who brought the Mapuche culture to be known to the world.
A picture of Aimé Painé’s additionally coordinates the Women’s Room in the Casa Rosada, the headquarters of the Presidency of the Argentine Nation.
In 1987, Aimé Painé represented the Mapuche individuals at a United Nations conference, where she brought global awareness to her community’s battle for equivalent rights. Today, Painé’s legacy is honored every year on September 10 as the “Day of Mapuche Culture” in Argentina.