Ruka (house type)

A ruka or ruca is a traditional Mapuche house type. Rukas were originally round with a conical roof. Rucas are typically built communally. Rukas traditionally lack windows and are made up a single open space in the interior.[1] The interior of the rukas are organized around a central fireplace.[1]

A Mapuche ruka in 1930.

Travellers in the first half of the 20th century compared the housing conditions of rukas favourably to the tenements of Santiago and the countryside cottages of non-Mapuche Chilean farmers.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Ruka: representación arquitectónica y simbólica del mundo mapuche". Museo Mapuche de Cañete (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-06-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)