Herson Huinca-Piutrin is a Mapuche researcher who grew up in southern Chile.
He is a founder/member of the Comunidad de Historia Mapuche / Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Mapuche. He studied History, Geography and Education at the Universidad de La Frontera – Chile (2010), obtained a Political Science Diploma at the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po – Rennes) and his Master in Contemporary History and Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure (2012) in France. Since 2008 he has been investigating among other issues: indigenous peoples and higher education, colonialism within social science as well as the conflictive relationship between indigenous peoples and social scientists.

He recently co-edited two inter-disciplinary collections of essays entitled 'Ta iñ fijke xipa rakizuameluwün' ('Historia, colonialismo y Resistencia desde el país Mapuche', Temuco, 2012) and 'Awükan ka kuxankan zugu Wajmapu mew' ('Violencias coloniales en Wajmapu', Temuco, 2015). Between 2012 and 2014 he worked as an Intercultural Consultant and Project Manager at the Chilean Ministry of Social Development and the Chilean National Agency for Indigenous Development. Currently, Herson is Ph.D. fellow (CONICYT Chile) at the Laboratory of Anthropology of Social Institutions and Organizations of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). His doctoral research explores the transnationalization of the Mapuche social movement as well as the Mapuche self-determination in the context of neoliberal multiculturalism. In 2015 he was Fellow at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN-OHCHR).

Herson is a member of our Circle of Trust: an international advisory board consisting of several Latin American and indigenous professionals that offer their experience and insight to help shape Valley of the Possible.