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Feathered head-dress

This item is a feathered head-dress, part of a very decorative costume worn during ceremonies by a member of the Jivaro, or Shuar, a tribe of people who live on the Eastern slopes of the Andes in the rainforests of Ecuador and Peru. Wilburn H. Ferguson, an American surgeon, lived with them in the late 1940s and became a medicine man in his search for new cures and treatments using traditional medicines (or more specifically their active ingredients). He donated a variety of items to the museum, from spears to shrunken heads, many of which will be on display in our forthcoming exhibition, Medicine Men, opening 26th March.

Feathered head-dress
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