EDINBURG — Dr. C. Manuel Torres, associate professor of visual arts at Florida International University, will present a public lecture on “The Tiwanaku Culture in the Atacama Desert, northern Chile” at 7:30 p.m. March 4 at The University of Texas-Pan American Science Building Room 2.102.
The lecture which is free to the public, will focus on Torres’ studies of the presence of the Tiwanaku culture in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. The Tiwanaku culture, dating between A.D. 100 and 1000, was centered at the famous site of Tiwanaku, located in northern Bolivia near Lake Titicaca.
The site of Tiwanaku, situated in an apparent inhospitable high plain some 12,000 feet above sea level, has long been noted for its impressive stone buildings and stone carvings. During much of its existence, the Tiwanaku culture was widespread throughout most of Bolivia, southern Peru, northern Chile and northern Argentina.
Torres’ lecture will concentrate on the evidence of the Tiwanaku culture in northern Chile. Many distinctive Tiwanaku artifacts, such as pottery and wooden trays for inhaling snuff, have been found at numerous sites in northern Chile.
Torres has studied these artifacts and has shed new light on the meaning of these objects.
The lecture is being sponsored by the UTPA Anthropology Club, the Center for International Studies, and the International Women’s Board of The University of Texas-Pan American Foundation.
Torres is a leading authority on the art of the Tiwanaku culture and its relationship to shamanism or curing practices, and has been actively engaged in research on the art history and archaeology of South America for 20 years.
For more information on the lecture, contact Dr. Thomas Pozorski, professor of anthropology at 956/381-2865.