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These native Andean cultures never developed written records, but they left behind extensive archaeological sites and a rich heritage of oral traditions and artifacts. Much of what is known about these civilizations is drawn from the remains of their cities and villages, extensive centers of worship, and public works projects. In addition, examples of their material and artistic cultures are provided in the form of distinctive woven textiles, gold and silver ornaments, and intricate pottery and carvings.
For a time, Potosí was the most populated city in colonial Bolivia. Later, the tin boom in the 19th century once again shifted the power balance, this time northward along the altiplano to the mining centers of the department of Oruro and the city of La Paz. Today, Sucre remains Bolivia’s constitutional capital, but its population is dwindling and its Modern-day La Paz, the administrative capital of Bolivia, with volcanic Mount Illimani in the background (Copyright Daniel I. Komer, DDB Stock Photography) xxx INTRODUCTION: PEOPLE OF SOUTH AMERICA’S HEARTLAND significance is primarily historical.
Remnants of Chavín temples and palaces reveal distinctive architecture and decorative carvings of snakes and jaguars and strange figures. The Chavín influence over the surrounding Andean region and into what is modern-day Bolivia was primarily religious and cultural. As converts to the Chavín religious cult spread among neighboring tribes throughout northern and central Peru, so did their gold artistry and intricately woven cloth and tapestries of alpaca wool. D. 300, there were other important Indian communities along the dry Pacific coast and highlands of modern-day Peru, Chile, and Bolivia.