Matsés man illustrating traditional permanent face tattoos and body paint.
Note the use of "chambira" fibers to make a grass-like skirt. Note his
headdress (a crown made from "huicungo" palm leaves) and the triangular and
linear designs. The triangle is said to represent the track of "huanganas"
(wild peccaries) and the line represents a worm, hence this man is from the
Worm Clan. There are only two clans in Matsés society, the Jaguar and
the Worm Clans. Matsés men currently do not use this traditional dress on
a daily basis, only on special occasions.
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