Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Cultures > Semi-arid North > Diaguita

Organización Social

Archeologists believe that the Diaguita people lived in small, autonomous villages, each with its own leader. Each valley, and perhaps even each locality, was also considered autonomous, although they all belonged to the same culture. When the Inka invaded these lands, the Diaguita were reorganized into a twofold system in which each valley had two chiefs–one who ruled over the lower and one over the upper reaches, with the former subordinated to the latter.