In 2009, Catrileo received the Provincial Prize for Conservation of National Monuments for her studies of the native Mapudungun language. Catrileo's work has focused on the phonology and morpho-syntax of the Mapudungun language and specially the verb forms. She is considered to be perhaps the only living Mapuche Indian to be a master of Spanish, English and Mapudungun. Currently, she is working the Institute of Linguistics and Literature of the Austral University of Chile, where she holds courses in Mapudungun.
- Académica de la Universidad Austral de Chile Recibió Premio Provincial de Conservación de Monumentos Nacionales Noticias UACh
- "María Catrileo's Works on the Tagmemics of Mapuche" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2009-07-29.