ID # panpuru14
Copyright 2001 - Jean-Philippe Soule   &

Country: Panama   /   Village: Embera Puru
Ethnic Group: Embera & Wounan   /   Feature: Beauty & Clothing


This girl looks like she stepped into a pool of jagua dye up to her nose. In the twilight, as she walked home after a performance of traditional dance, her entire lower body disappeared into the shadowy background of thick forest. It was a perfect example of how the Embera in the past  effectively used body painting as camouflage for warfare.

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