Matsés cat woman. Matses woman exhibiting traditional piercings,
tattoos, and body paint. Note the piercings in the lower lip and nose.
The stick inserted in the lower lip is made from the caña brava plant
and referred to as a "lip stick." Traditionally, younger women used
longer sticks, while older women used shorter sticks. The purpose of
ornamental piercings is decorative rather than religious.
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