JIVARO SHRUNKEN HEADS

 

The Jivaro, an Indian tribe of southwestern Ecuador,  South America, are perhaps most renowned for their trophy heads.  The heads of slain enemies are taken; the bones of the skull are removed; and the skin shrunken to the approximate size of the closed fist.  The lips are sewed together to keep in the evil spirits.  The hair does not shrink.

 

The American Museum of Natural History New York, U.S.A.  Hall of South American Indians

 


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