This special symposium celebrates the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian’s landmark exhibition, The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire, with a fascinating look at the material, political, economic, and religious structures that integrated more than one hundred Native nations and millions of people in the powerful Andean Empire known as the Tawantinsuyu. In this segment, Solange Diaz, Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile, speaks on “Qhapaq Ñan in Chile: Management and Conservation of Atacama Desert Roads.”
Solange Diaz is an architect at the Universidad Andrés Bello. She holds a master’s degree in Restoration of Heritage Sites and Monuments from the Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía Manuel del Castillo Negrete. She worked for the National Council of Monuments in Chile from September 2006 to January 2015, where she was in charge of the Technical Secretariat of the Qhapaq Ñan. During her time there, she nominated the Chilean portion of the Inka Road network to be included in the list of World Heritage Sites. Now a private consultant, Diaz plans to continue her work on the Qhapaq Ñan through
collaboration with government, national and local institutions, and with private partnerships and indigenous communities.
The symposium was recorded at the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on June 25-26, 2015.