Matses women wearing traditional facial paint and ornamentation.
Traditionally, the Matsés tribe women insert ornaments in their noses that
imitate the appearance of cat whiskers, hence their being commonly referred to
as the "Cat People." The straw-colored “whiskers” are made out of the
midribs of palm leaves. One woman pierces another woman's nose in order to
insert the nose ornaments. After a death in the family, a woman will not
wear the ornaments during the mourning period.
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