Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Cultures > Arid North > Chinchorro


The Chinchorro were fishers, hunters, and gatherers, expert at taking advantage of the marine resources available and manufacturing an assemblage of special tools for this purpose. Notable among these was the cactus needle fish hook and the harpoon points they made to hunt different prey. Tumors found in the ear cavities of mummies attributed to this period indicate that they dove to great depths in the ocean waters. Despite their intense focus on the marine environment, they also made us of terrestrial plant species, which provided food and raw materials for making a range of objects.