Txemã, the primary cacique (chief) and shaman of the Matis tribe. Note the spines in his nose that imitate the appearance of a jaguar.
His nose and ear ornaments are fashioned from snail shells. In
particular, the ear ornaments are thought by the Matis to enhance hearing
ability, an important factor for hunters. The palm-leaf "crown" is
much smaller than that used by the Matses, and traditionally is only used in
ceremonies such as this, rather than daily usage.
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