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THE SERI INDIANS of Sonora Mexico

by Bernice Johnston

The Seri Look

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The Seri are for the most part a handsome people-tall, lean, lithe, alert, and friendly. The women have a beautiful carriage, no doubt acquired by carrying burdens on their heads.

Women wear full ankle-length skirts and long-sleeved, high-necked blouses with a peplum. The blouses have small buttons marching up the front and sometimes on the sleeves. Occasionally they wear scarves or shawls. Dresses and scarves are in the brightest colors they can obtain. Little girls wear the same styles. Hair is worn long, either braided or flowing. Seri women and children wear no shoes and indeed, are never far separated from contact with the ground. They sit, walk, and sleep on the ground.

Men now wear trousers, shirts, hats, and shoes. Some still wear their hair long and flowing or braided, but many are barbered. The traditional kilt or apron that men once wore alone and, later, over trousers, is discarded when their long hair is cut.

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