Inocencias is cutting up bark of a tree
Inocencias is cutting up bark of a tree (Licania utilis) used as a temper in making pottery - ash from the bark. She might extract the sap with water to use to paint the interior black glaze of gourds (the red oxidised paint is reduced to black with manioc leaves or to surface the classic Tukanoan stool (liquid clay applied to the red-painted surface results in the black lines of the designs). 1969-1970, Púmanaka buro, Boa River, Papurí River basin, Vaupés, Colombia
Type of WorkImage
Tucanoan Indians, Women's work
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