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cultures map Tayrona | Muisca | Sinu
Quimbaya | Calima | Tumaco

Cultures: Tayrona

The Tayrona people came from the northern part of present-day Colombia, around the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, crowned by the Colón peak, in the area bounded by the eternal snows at 6.000 m and the sea.
 
This is one of the few groups which still survives.  The Kogui still live near the site of their ancestors.
 
Goldwork consists of objects of personal and ceremonial use, which has been found in the tombs, in large urns employed for secondary burials.  Their metallurgy was very advanced in the treatment of gold, copper and "tumbaga" (a gold-copper alloy) as well as the use of highly-perfected alloys. This allowed them to produce fine corporeal decorations, some in the shape of open butterfly wings, such as ear jewellery and necklaces. The frog, symbolising water and fertility, is frequently found in their gold objects.