Since the late nineteenth century, Chilean culture has also been nurtured by the arrival of a large group of immigrants, mainly Germans, British, French, Italians, Croatians, Palestinians, and Jews.
Today they fill leading positions in academic and cultural circles as well as within the country's political leadership.
BBC's coverage of that event included an interview "with those who appreciate the solstice the most: 'We believe it is very important for people to move with the cycles of nature, and actually feel them.
If you get up early in the morning and you watch that special sunrise, you've been a part of it. And we think it's a really healthy thing to do, and a very spiritual thing to do.'" And clearly the large crowd shared at least some of this sentiment and journeyed to one of the world's most renowned sacred spots to observe the sunrise.
When the later Korean kingdoms came about, Korean dance was extensively supported and highly regarded by the royal court and educational establishments.
Usually the government even had an official division of dance.
The dances, such as the Tang'ol from the south, were choreographed with the goal of entertaining a god or goddess.
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In the northern provinces near Bolivia, Aymará Indians have been able to preserve many aspects of their Andean culture.
In the southern region the Mapuche Indians are a large cultural group who strongly contributed to the formation of Chilean culture.