Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Cultures > Semi-arid North > Diaguita


The most direct predecessors of the Diaguita were the Ánimas, as the ceramic designs and forms of the former display a style that is highly reminiscent of the latter. With the incorporation of their territory into the Inka Empire, the Diaguita became key agents in the Inka expansion into Central Chile. As a result, by the time the Spanish conquistadors arrived the Diaguita presence extended far beyond their original territory, even across the Andes Mountains.