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Saturday, September 8, 2012
Matsés Indigenous Traditions IV. Copal Torches
Indigenous people of the Amazon extract the copal tree (Protium ferrugineum) resin through incisions for use in different applications. Matses / Mayoruna, stockpile this resin to make torches, with an elongated shape of 50 cm. Then they cover it with palm leafs and tied with barks. These torches are used by them to light up their homes at night. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org