Latin America

The collection contains Guatemalan textiles from Central America, and feather work and household implements from South America. Collected in the 1960s, the South American collection focuses on the people of the Amazon Basin, notably the Tapirape, Caraja, Bororo, and Urubu. The feather work masks from these eastern Brazilian peoples are particularly noteworthy.

Headdress, Bororo, Brazil

Headdress
Bororo, Brazil
mid 20th century
wood, feathers, beeswax
BE 2333

Large arc shaped headdresses like this are common among the Bororo people of eastern Brazil. The feathers featured here are macaw tail feathers.

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