Kayapo lip plates

Eric Silverman (ERICS@DEPAUW.EDU)
Mon, 16 May 1994 13:07:42 -0500

For the symbolism of Kayapo lip plates as part of a wider semitoic system
that includes other forms of body ornamentation, see T. Turner, The Social
Skin, In Not Work Alone, J. Cherfas and R. Lewin, ed. pp. 113-40,
London: Temple Smith. Basically, the lip plug emphasizes oratory and
expressiveness, i.e. the prerogatives of adult male personhood, vs.
simply hearing (e.g. ear plugs in chidren).

-Eric Silverman
DePauw University
Greencastle, IN 46135