House of Shrunken Heads
For many people,
shrunken heads (or tsantsas, as they are called by the Jivaro tribesmen
who make them) symbolize the dark, savage side of human nature. They function as
potent icons of the barbaric and the primitive. But although some of us may
suppress a shudder when we come across one of these diminutive totemistic
trophies in a museum case, attic Hope Chest, or bedroom closet, one fact cannot
be denied: shrunken heads are wonderful conversation pieces! And they
have a special ornamental quality, too! When tastefully mounted and placed on
the coffee table or parlor mantel, they always attract attention and elicit
interesting remarks from guests. These anthropological accent items enhance any
decor. And, in addition to their intrinsic aesthetic value, shrunken heads are
also educational for children and never fail to leave a lasting impression on
If you enjoy shrunken heads as much as we do, and wish to begin your own collection, the following links will enable you to explore the exciting world of the tsantsa. You will journey with Jivaro warriors on thrilling head-hunting expeditions, see how heads are removed from bodies, and be able to learn the fascinating process by which they are shrunken to the size of a man's fist! The doorway to a unique and rewarding adventure awaits you below!
About the image at the top of the
page: After much thought, I decided to call
this computer-generated image Shrunken Head. It portrays a Jivaro
shrunken head on a stick. Like an exotic flower on its graceful stem, this
skillfully produced example of fine Jivaro craftsmanship adds a touch of
color to a lush tropical background. Print copies of this work, suitable for
hanging in dens, living rooms, or boudoirs, may be ordered for $20.00
each (plus shipping) at the email address below. A perfect gift for any
special occasion, order your Shrunken Head print today!
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Doc Bwana's Shrunken Head Museum!
Old Doc Bwana is hunting heads all over the
internet and showing them here!!! You'll see
more shrunken heads than you can shake
a blowgun at!
See the Shrunken Head Sold at Christie's!
Even a snob-appeal business like Christie's
can't resist the sheer charm
of a shrunken head!!!
The Frightful face of Doc bwana!!!
See the fearsome countenance
of the good doctor, and learn
why the jungle trembles
at his approach!!!
Bwana's Very Own Shrunken Head!
Meet Dinky, Doc's own little
bundle of shrunken sunshine!
Read Comments About this Site!
See what other people are saying
about Doc Bwana's website!
Caveats, Apologies, Disclaimers, Excuses
of the Tsantsa
should visit our
Shrunken Head Galleries!
All humor aside folks, shrunken heads
Are anthropological artifacts deserving
Serious study. The following four galleries
Adopt a more serious approach to a
Visit Gallery I
Visit Gallery II
Visit Gallery III
Visit Gallery IV
Be Sure To Check
Shrunken Head Shack
Buy some of the most skillfully crafted
shrunken head reproductions available
A Pre-Columbian Headhunting
View a photo of an ancient statuette
sent to us by headshrinker Don Juan!
All links verified and updated June 6, 2003
Shrunken Heads at Riverside Municipal Museum
Shrunken Heads at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop
The Straight Dope on Shrunken Heads
Shrunken Head Controversy
How to Prepare a Shrunken Head
Head & Fake Shrunken Head Compared
Shrunken Heads at About.com
Shrunken Heads in San Diego
See the Shrunken Men!
Of Anthropological Interest
About the Jivaro
Meet a Jivaro Chief
More on the Jivaro
An Account of the Achuar People
About the Shuar People
Shuar Indian Explains Head Shrinking
About Shuar Uwishin (Medicine Men)
Head Hunting as a Religious Practice
Stolen Shrunken Head
Shuar-Achuar Conflict and Deviance
Other Enjoyable Jivaro Pastimes
About Jivaro Manioc Beer
How to Cook a Rat the Jivaro Way
Fishing for Piranha
My Favorite Shrunken Head Movie:
The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake!
Movie Review #1
Movie Review #2
Movie Lobby Card #1
Movie Lobby Card #2
A Northern Luzon headhunter proudly
displays his trophies.
Head Hunting in Other parts of the World
Head Hunting in South East Asia
Headhunters of Borneo
Resurgence of Headhunting
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