Jivaro Shrunken Head
Yes, They’re real….
These real human heads were “shrunken” by members of the Jivaro Indian tribes of Ecuador and Peru. Though private and reclusive, the Jivaro’s had a most fierce warlike reputation…. due in no small part to their practice of shrinking heads tsantsa. The Jivaro’s were the only native people to have been able to frustrate attempts by the Spaniards to conquer them. The Jivaro’s fierce fighting reputation and head-shrinking practice continued to discourage outsiders from entering their territories until the early 20th century, when missionaries began attempting to convert them.
- Source, placard with the shrunken heads at the Buckhorn Saloon in San Antonio Texas