Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Cultures > Semi-arid North > Las Animas


The Las Ánimas people developed an economy based on horticultural activities with a marked emphasis on exploiting coastal resources. They grew maize, squash and beans, among other plants, and gathered the fruit of the algarrobo and chañar trees, which they ground in stone mortars to make flour. They fished and hunted on the sea, developing a major technological innovation for this purpose—the inflated sea lion skin raft, which enabled them to seek out more varied resources, especially on the open ocean.