Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Cultures > Arid North > Toconce – Turi

Social organization

These societies were organized into “señoríos,” generally based on kinship relations and without social classes as such, but in which certain individuals had higher status and prestige due to their ability to mobilize the population and redistribute goods. Their agricultural technology and knowledge of hydraulics reflects the ability of these “señores” or authorities to mobilize workforces and therefore increase surplus production, which was necessary for trade.