Temporary Exhibitions

Identity and prestige in the Andes: Hats, turbans and diadems – 1993

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In the Andes, attire was one of the main ways of symbolizing differences among individuals and communities. This exhibit focused on a particular item of clothing—headwear—in the prehistory of Chile’s Norte Grande. The display explored how the turbans of the Formative Period of Arica expressed major historic changes, how different kinds of hats from Arica and San Pedro de Atacama represented the different forms of connection between the region’s inhabitants’ and the Altiplano Tiwanaku empire, and how the variety of hats from later periods reflected the great ethnic diversity that existed at the end of the pre-Hispanic period.

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