Temple Anthropology Laboratory and Museum 

Gladfelter Hall- Lower Level, Temple University

1115 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122

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snake skin headdress

A headdress consisting of a circle of snakeskin decorated with blue, yellow, red, brown, and white feathers. Around the bottom of this snakeskin band is a cotton thread with small monkey teeth and eight hanging objects attached. These hanging objects consist of arrow cane adorned with toucan and macaw feathers and job's tears (Coix lacryma jobi). Notes on accession card: "Killing a snake is a ritual only undergone as a desperation measure after a poor hunting season.