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Warrior mask

Description: Known as a "Tapirape upe", or enemy warrior mask, this mask is decorated with the feathers of macaw and other parrots, as well as with freshwater mother-of-pearl shell, bone, wood, fiber and beeswax. These natural materials are found in the Amazonian environment and are often used by people living in the region to make clothing, accessories and ceremonial objects. This mask was created and used by the Tapirape people of the Amazonian region in central Brazil. Men wear this type of mask during a ceremonial "victory" dance during which the mask represents the soul of an enemy killed by its wearer's most recent ancestor. The dance enables its performer to "own" the spirit of his enemy.
Collection: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Copyright: This file is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Geography: Brazil
Subjects: Indians of South America
Indians of South America --Social life and customs
Indians of South America --Amazon River Region
Indian dance--South America

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