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Native Pierced Ears
 


Photo of an Amazon tribe native with large pierced ears.  This is the "trademark" of the Huaorani (Waorani) tribe of the Ecuadorian Amazon.  Both male and female huaorani wear large earplugs that are  placed in their pierced earlobes.  In Spanish, the word "orejones" is used to describe Amazonian tribes with large hanging ear lobes such as that illustrated in the picture of the indigenous woman above.  Curiously,  higher-class Incas from the South American highlands also had similar large earlobes in which they wore decorated disks. 


 

 
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