Muisca and Tairona
The pre-Columbian goldsmiths of Colombia produced some of the most spectacular treasures of South America.
It was these treasures that lured the Spanish conquistadors ever deeper into the heart of the continent bringing with them the destructive forces of colonialism that were to transform the lives of the inhabitants forever.
The Muisca and Tairona cultures, of central and northern Colombia respectively, show the relative success of different decisions taken in the face of this onslaught. These cultures reveal the different attitudes to material value, aesthetics and environmental harmony that provide a powerful message for a country once more on the brink of transformative social change.