March 16, 2016 Presentation

March 16, 2016 - 8pm, Presentation


The Lives of Three Ancient Shamans: Art and Visionary Plants in the Andes 1500-2000 Years Ago,

with Constantino Manuel Torres, Professor Emeritus, Florida International University

Rather than concentrating on one particular culture, this presentation will focus on three individuals (1 female, 2 males), from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, ca. 500-700 CE. These three well-preserved burials provide us with a glimpse into the lives of individuals interred with certain artifacts that link them to shamanic practices. Two of them were buried with Tiwanaku artifacts, and two carried complex snuffing kits. However, they are connected by a distinctive set of baskets and clothing.



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 Left: Two views of polychrome basket, T112, ca. 775 CE, Solcor 3.*



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Right: Snuffing kit, ca. 775 CE, T112, Solcor 3, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.* .


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Left: Engraved camelid bone, T113, Solcor 3, Tiwanaku style.*




*All images submitted by C. Manuel Torres are from the Instituto de Investigaciones Arqueológicas y Museo R.P. Le Paige, Universidad Católica del Norte, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.



The Institute of Maya Studies is now a community partner with Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus, Miami, FL. This program will take place in K-413 (in Building K-4, Room 13). Check out the campus map for the location of Building K-4 on or, call the Maya Hotline (305-279-8110) for directions.


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