Artifacts

Labrets
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Labrets were ornaments that were worn through holes in lips. Traditionally many Northwest tribes wore labrets in different ways. Labrets were worn on the lower lip by the Haida, who during winter ceremonials inserted labrets into the lips of young women to introduce them to the community and announce future rank and status (Sheehan, 1981, p.43). Alternatively, the Inuit would insert two in each corner of the mouth.