Hall of South American Peoples

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street

This hall explores the pre-Columbian cultures of South America as well as the traditional cultures living in the region today, encompassing the ancient Inka, Moche, Chavin, and Chancay cultures as well as the many peoples of modern Amazonia. Especial... more

This hall explores the pre-Columbian cultures of South America as well as the traditional cultures living in the region today, encompassing the ancient Inka, Moche, Chavin, and Chancay cultures as well as the many peoples of modern Amazonia. Especially evident in this hall is the exceeding importance of textile art among the ancient Andeans; this artistic tradition, which conveyed status and identity, harks back at least 5,000 years. Andean achievements in metallurgy were also remarkable. Throughout the hall, works of exquisite craftsmanship abound, as in the Royal Llama of the Inka from Bolivia. The figure, approximately 500 years old, is made of silver and its blanket is cinnabar trimmed with gold. Also on view are examples of spectacular Amazonian featherwork, including a headdress made from toucan and macaw feathers that once adorned a young man from the Rikbaktsa tribe. This object and others like it demonstrate the importance of ornamentation among the indigenous cultures of the Amazonian rain forest.


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Hall of South American Peoples

Wed, January 26
10:00AM
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Thu, January 27
10:00AM
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Fri, January 28
10:00AM
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Sat, January 29
10:00AM
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Sun, January 30
10:00AM
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Mon, January 31
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Tue, February 01
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Wed, February 02
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Thu, February 03
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Fri, February 04
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Sat, February 05
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Occurs 169 more times through Jul 24

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5100

Schedule

January 26, Wednesday 10:00AM
January 27, Thursday 10:00AM
January 28, Friday 10:00AM
January 29, Saturday 10:00AM
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