Cultures & Traditions

Muisca (Chibcha) Region

The ancient peoples of modern Colombia lived along trade routes that connected North and South America. Ideas and technical skills also traveled along these routes. Knowledge of metal-working may have traveled northward from Peru to the people in Colombia, and finally to other peoples located farther north in Central America. The goldwork of Colombia is traditionally classified by archaeological zones, or regions, each with stylistic associations. The Muisca, also sometimes referred to as the Chibcha, lived in the central highlands southeast of Bogotá near the present-day capital of Colombia, Santa Fe de Bogotá.

Adapted from

  • DMA Teaching Packet, 1993.

  • "Bird Pendant [Colombia; Muisca]" (1979.206.509) In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1979.206.509. (October 2006)