William Holmes

They came originating in North America, and probably part of Mexico. Some of its partially completed his long pilgrimage Costarrica and in the northwest part of the Isthmus of Panama, where they settled, others sailed to the southeast and the Magdalena River to the interior of the New Kingdom of Granada. This is at least what seems more probable, and what is more in accord with the facts. If the Chibcha, the Talamanca, Chiriqui and Guaymies had the same origin, the first did not come to communicate with the three past, and art took a different path between these two great divisions of the family, in the long centuries have passed since their separation. The jewels and gold figures, pieces of pottery, grinding stones and stone carvings of Chiriqui are so similar to those of Talamanca in its form and its decorations, which seem to be made by the same people. It is different when comparing these objects with the works of art from the Chibcha, since the difference is very large in all directions.

To be persuaded it is sufficient to compare the figures in this book which brings the excellent paper written in English by William Holmes: Ancient Art of Chiriqui. The only similarity we have found is that Dorasques or Chiriqui put, as the Chibcha, spiral-shaped ears small figures of gold and copper emptied. In the way of doing funerals, as well as the ideas of immortality that the content of the buried treasures revealed, we find great similarity between them and other states and tribes.



November 16th