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Musée d'ethnographie de Genève


The Shaman and the Mind of the Forest

Ranging from brightly coloured feather finery, blowpipes, bows and arrows dipped in curare, to everyday objects, musical instruments or the paraphernalia used by shamans to snuff hallucinogenic substances, some 500 objects, photographs and films are displayed in a 1,000 sq. m. exhibition space. The whole illustrates American Indian cultures as they have been observed from the 18th to the 21st century. The culture of certain pre-Columbian societies is represented by refined Marajó pottery and astonishing polished stone pieces. Read more.

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Mask hood

Mask hood (1927-34), Brazil-Colombia-Peru border. © Photo: MEG, J. Watts


Mask (mid 20th century), Brazil. © Photo: MEG, J. Watts

Mat Ant Kunana used in initiation rites or healing

Mat Ant Kunana used in initiation rites or healing (1950), Guyana. © Photo: MEG, J. Watts

Male crown

Male crown (1960–70), Brazil. © Photo: MEG, J. Watts

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