Return to main Gallery Previous Picture Next Picture


Jaguar Clan
Matsés men wearing traditional crowns. The crowns are painted with annatto with various designs that identify their clan. In this case, the red spots painted on the crowns identify them as members of the Jaguar Clan (“jaguar-kind”). The other principal kinship group in Matses society is the Worm Clan and the the symbol used to identify them is a horizontal rectangular band, rather than the round spot used for the Jaguar Clan. There are also two other minor clans (the Boar and Snake Clans), represented by a triangle or vertical rectangular band, respectively.  Members of the Jaguar Clan have distinct tasks in Matses society and their departure from their assigned roles can result in catastrophic events such as crop failures. 


Native Tribe Videos
Return to main Gallery | Previous Picture | Next Picture

Text © 2007, Photos © 2007, Bjorn Svensson, all rights reserved, Jaguar Clan.