The women are hoeing their crops, as a blue hummingbird
hovers nearby. (The patterns in her wake are drawn from Venezuelan
pottery.) The golden head at the right is modelled after clay sculpture
of the northern coastal region of South America.
Below, a ceramic female figure with painted eyes and
body. Her legs are heavy and rounded like breasts, and terminate in
nipples. She wears a tassel of bright red yarn. This is the old style
of the Karaja figurines. Women still make small versions today, but
now they are sold for the tourist trade.
The Karaja live on the great island of Bananal, surrounded
by the Araguaya river. This Brazilian people traditionally placed
greater emphasis on matrilineal descent.