Africa (Cultures and Costumes) by Charlotte Grieg, Robert Lee Humphrey

By Charlotte Grieg, Robert Lee Humphrey

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More feathers are added as the man becomes a more important figure in the tribe. Jewelry from Pots and Pans In East Africa, tribal jewelry is made from all sorts of common metal objects. The Pokot, the Nuer, and the Dinka wear brass jewelry, such as coiled bracelets, earrings, and lip plugs, made from telephone wire and cartridge cases. Among the Gabbra, the Boran, and the Turkana, aluminum jewelry is made from melting down old cooking pots. The aluminum is made into long, shiny strands of beads for necklaces, bracelets, and arm bands.

37 Africa p30-39 CH03 19/09/02 15:53 Page 38 AFRICA circumcised, at which point the mother shaves her head. She also moves her coiled armbands from below her elbows to her upper arms. Calf Love The Dinka people, who have settled in the swampy area of southern Sudan, are among the better-off of the Nilotic tribes. They have a relatively leisured lifestyle, tending to their huge herds of cattle, which they love dearly and celebrate with many rituals. Dinka women and children spend many hours threading beads for bodices and jewelry.

These are made of aluminum and are shaped like a leaf. When a girl has been circumcised, she wears brass hoops and coils threaded through holes in her ears. Once she is married, she wears a lip plug. The Pokot are also renowned for wearing the hair of their ancestors threaded into their own hair. Pokot men’s hairstyles are a sign of their status. When they pass into adulthood, the wear a blue skullcap called a siliop decorated with feathers. More feathers are added as the man becomes a more important figure in the tribe.

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